Premature Rupture Of Membranes Diagnosis
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How to Diagnose Premature Rupture Of Membranes
If a large amount of fluid is leaking from the vagina, diagnosing PROM can be straightforward. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor may do the following tests.
- A pelvic exam-the doctor may be able to see a trickle of fluid through the cervix, or a pool of fluid collected behind the cervix
- Testing the fluid itself:
- A drop of the fluid is placed on nitrazine paper. Amniotic fluid causes the paper to turn from yellowish green to dark blue.
- Smearing a little fluid on a slide, allowing it to dry, and viewing it under the microscope. Amniotic fluid dries in a feathery or fern-like pattern.
The doctor will also check you for fever and other signs of infection. He will monitor your baby for any signs of distress.