Magnesium Sulfate May Lower Risk of Cerebral Palsy

by Mona Saint MD

Women with preterm labor who were given intravenous magnesium sulfate were found to have newborns with a lower rate of cerebral palsy. Fortunately, magnesium sulfate is a commonly used medication in the U.S. to stop preterm labor in hospitalized patients, and this is a promising finding.

Doyle LW, et al “Magnesium sulfate for women at risk of preterm birth for neuroprotection of the fetus”. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009.