Description of Medical ServiceThe phIGFBP-1 test can be used to assist physicians to quickly distinguish between:
- false labour (where there may be contractions and other signs of labour but the woman does not give birth in the next seven days); and
- true labour (where the woman does give birth in the next seven days).
Identification of false labour can reduce the unnecessary use of therapies such as tocolytics and corticosteroids, both of which have potential side effects, as well as reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.
Description of Medical ConditionThe proposed medical service applies to patients presenting with symptoms of pre-term labour.
The majority of these women will go onto deliver at term but a significant number are at risk of delivering pre-term which is associated with serious health-risks to the infant.
Reason for ApplicationNew MBS item
Medical Service TypeInvestigative
Previous Application NumberNot Applicable
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