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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the First and Second European Workshops on Preterm Labour of the Special Non-Invasive Advances in Fetal and Neonatal Evaluation (SAFE) Network of Excellence

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Inflammatory pathways in the mechanism of parturition

Jane E Norman*, Shrikant Bollapragada, Mei Yuan and Scott M Nelson

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University of Glasgow Division of Developmental Medicine, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Queen Elizabeth Building, 10 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, G31 2ER, UK

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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007, 7(Suppl 1):S7  doi:10.1186/1471-2393-7-S1-S7

Published: 1 June 2007

Abstract

Increasing evidence suggests that parturition is an inflammatory process. In this brief overview, inflammatory events occurring in association with parturition, and the mechanism by which they may contribute to labour and delivery will be discussed. Mention will be made of how this information may be of use in regulating the timing and the onset of parturition.