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Table 2 Characteristics of enrolled male and female neonates

From: Dexamethasone induces an imbalanced fetal-placental-maternal bile acid circulation: involvement of placental transporters

Characteristic Male P value Female P value
Control n = 29 Dex n = 47 Control n = 19 Dex n = 29
Clinical assessment of imminent preterm birtha
 Spontaneously initiated preterm birth 18 (62.1) 26 (55.2)   12 (63.2) 17 (58.6)  
 Preterm prelabor rupture of membranes 8 (27.7) 11 (23.4)   6 (31.6) 10 (34.5)  
 Spontaneous preterm labor 10 (34.5) 15 (31.9)   6 (31.6) 7 (24.1)  
 Provider-initiated preterm birth 11 (37.9) 21 (44.7)   7 (36.8) 12 (41.4)  
Maternal age (years old) 32 ± 7 32 ± 6 N.S. 31 ± 7 32 ± 6 N.S.
Gestational age (weeks) 35.2 ± 0.2 34.7 ± 0.1 N.S. 35.5 ± 0.2 34.6 ± 0.2 N.S.
Birth weight (g) 2386 ± 530 2178 ± 523 N.S. 2226 ± 531 2294 ± 441 N.S.
Apgar score < 7 (5 min)a 2 (7) 0 (0) N.S. 0 (0) 1 (3.4) N.S.
  1. aValues are presented as number (percentage). The rest of the data are presented as mean ± SD. NS no significance, Dex dexamethasone
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