A variety of hormonal assays—HCS, E1, E2, E3, and progesterone—were performed on the sera of 46 women with prolonged pregnancy. Eleven patients delivered babies with postmaturity syndrome, 28 babies exhibited no signs of postmaturity, and 7 babies had “slight” postmaturity syndrome. Only HCS levels, determined by radioimmunoassay and an immunodiffusion technic, statistically correlated with the presence or absence of postmaturity syndrome. It appears that HCS levels may be a very important adjunct in the management of suspected postmaturity syndrome.
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