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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339114/cervical-length-in-patients-at-risk-for-placenta-accreta
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Martha W F Rac, Donald D McIntire, C Edward Wells, Elysia Moschos, Diane D Twickler
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate cervical length measurements in women with placenta accreta compared to women with a nonadherent low-lying placenta or placenta previa and evaluate this relationship in terms of vaginal bleeding, preterm labor, and preterm birth. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study between 1997 and 2011 of gravidas with more than 1 prior cesarean delivery who had a transvaginal ultrasound examination between 24 and 34 weeks for a low-lying placenta or placenta previa...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320241/implementation-of-a-universal-cervical-length-screening-program-identifying-factors-associated-with-decline-rates
#2
Jeny Ghartey, Neda Ghaffari, Lisa D Levine, Nadav Schwartz, Celeste P Durnwald
PURPOSE: Cervical length (CL) measurement is now accepted as a screening strategy for identifying women at risk for preterm birth (PTB). However, patient acceptability may limit its implementation. Our objective was to identify characteristics associated with women who decline this screening. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a prospective cohort study of women offered UCL screening from January 2012-June 2012. Women with a singleton gestation 18 0/7-23 6/7 weeks at the time of anatomy scan were included...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320233/does-cervical-cerclage-decrease-preterm-birth-in-twin-pregnancies-with-a-short-cervix
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Tracy M Adams, Timothy J Rafael, Nadia B Kunzier, Supriya Mishra, Rose Calixte, Anthony M Vintzileos
PURPOSE: To determine if use of cerclage in twin gestations with mid-trimester short cervix is associated with decreased preterm birth rate. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort of twin gestations identified with cervical length of ≤2.5cm before 24 weeks gestation through the perinatal ultrasound database of two institutions from 2008-2014. Patients with and without cerclage were compared for a primary outcome of preterm birth at <35 weeks. A pre-planned sub-group analysis of patients with cervical length ≤1...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320033/is-the-relationship-between-short-interpregnancy-interval-and-preterm-birth-related-to-a-short-cervix
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S Govindappagari, N Zork, A Merriam, C Gyamfi-Bannerman
Objective Our objective was to determine if the relationship between interpregnancy interval (IPI) and preterm delivery was related to cervical shortening. Methods This is a secondary analysis of a prospective cohort study designed to assess the relationship between cervical length (CL) and preterm delivery. Multiparous patients, who had transvaginal CLs obtained at 22 to 24 weeks and complete pregnancy outcome data available were included. The women were divided into two groups: Group 1 with an IPI of ≤ 1 year and Group 2 with an IPI of > 1 year...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318214/preterm-labor-prevention-and-management
#5
Kristen Rundell, Bethany Panchal
In the United States, preterm delivery is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and is the most common reason for hospitalization during pregnancy. The rate of preterm delivery (before 37 weeks' gestation) has been declining since 2007. Clinical diagnosis of preterm labor is made if there are regular contractions and concomitant cervical change. Less than 10% of women with a clinical diagnosis of preterm labor will deliver within seven days of initial presentation. Women with a history of spontaneous preterm delivery are 1...
March 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303276/a-parameterized-ultrasound-based-finite-element-analysis-of-the-mechanical-environment-of-pregnancy
#6
Andrea R Westervelt, Michael Fernandez, Michael House, Joy Vink, Chia-Ling Nhan-Chang, Ronald Wapner, Kristin M Myers
Preterm birth is the leading cause of childhood mortality, and can lead to health risks in survivors. The mechanical function of the uterus, fetal membranes, and cervix have dynamic roles to protect the fetus during gestation. To understand their mechanical function and relation to preterm birth, we built a 3-dimensional parameterized finite element model of pregnancy. This model is generated by an automated procedure that is informed by maternal ultrasound measurements. A baseline model at 25 weeks of gestation was characterized, and to visualize the impact of cervical structural parameters on tissue stretch we evaluated the model sensitivity to: (1) anterior uterocervical angle, (2) cervical length, (3) posterior cervical offset, and (4) cervical stiffness...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295801/cervical-length-measurement-at-mid-gestation-to-predict-spontaneous-preterm-birth-in-asymptomatic-triplet-pregnancies
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A Fichera, G Pagani, V Stagnati, S Cascella, S Faiola, C Gaini, M Lanna, L Pasquini, R Raffaelli, T Stampalija, A Tommasini, F Prefumo
OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive value of cervical length (CL) measured at mid gestation for spontaneous preterm birth (PTB) in triplet pregnancies. METHODS: Retrospective study on asymptomatic triplet pregnancies followed at five Italian tertiary referral centres, between 2002 and 2015. CL was measured transvaginally between 18-24 weeks of gestation. Pregnancies with a medically indicated PTB were excluded. Demographic and pregnancy characteristics of pregnancies complicated with PTB were analysed and the distributions of CL measurements in these patients were calculated...
March 13, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295722/cerclage-for-short-cervix-on-ultrasound-in-singleton-gestations-without-prior-spontaneous-preterm-birth-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-trials-using-individual-patient-level-data
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Vincenzo Berghella, Andrea Ciardulli, Orion A Rust, Meekai To, Katsufumi Otsuki, Sietske Althuisius, Kypros Nicolaides, Amanda Roman, Gabriele Saccone
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to quantify the efficacy of cervical cerclage in preventing preterm birth (PTB) in asymptomatic singleton pregnancies with a mid-trimester short transvaginal ultrasound cervical length (TVU CL) and without prior spontaneous PTB. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched from inception of each database until February 2017. No language restrictions were applied. We included all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of asymptomatic singleton pregnancies without prior spontaneous PTB screened with TVU CL, found to have a midtrimester short CL <25 mm, and then randomized to management with either cerclage (i...
March 10, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295170/implementing-universal-cervical-length-screening-in-asymptomatic-women-with-singleton-pregnancies-challenges-and-opportunities
#9
Michelle K Pedretti, Brenda M Kazemier, Jan E Dickinson, Ben W J Mol
Cervical length (CL) screening has been successfully utilised to identify asymptomatic women, with a singleton pregnancy, at risk of preterm birth (PTB), thereby providing an opportunity to offer interventions that may reduce that risk. Cervical length screening with ultrasound is most effectively performed with a transvaginal approach. Universal cervical length screening, encompassing all singleton pregnancies rather than restricting screening to those considered at increased risk of PTB, is currently not widely used, despite a growing body of evidence in support of its utility for PTB prevention...
March 10, 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291893/predictive-accuracy-of-serial-transvaginal-cervical-lengths-and-quantitative-vaginal-fetal-fibronectin-levels-for-spontaneous-preterm-birth-among-nulliparous-women
#10
M Sean Esplin, Michal A Elovitz, Jay D Iams, Corette B Parker, Ronald J Wapner, William A Grobman, Hyagriv N Simhan, Deborah A Wing, David M Haas, Robert M Silver, Matthew K Hoffman, Alan M Peaceman, Steve N Caritis, Samuel Parry, Pathik Wadhwa, Tatiana Foroud, Brian M Mercer, Shannon M Hunter, George R Saade, Uma M Reddy
Importance: Spontaneous preterm birth is a leading cause of infant mortality. Prediction, largely based on prior pregnancy outcomes, is not possible in women pregnant for the first time. Objective: To assess the accuracy of universal screening to predict spontaneous preterm birth in nulliparous women using serial measurements of vaginal fetal fibronectin levels and cervical length. Design, Settings, and Participants: A prospective observational cohort study of nulliparous women with singleton pregnancies, from 8 clinical sites across the United States between October 2010 and May 2014...
March 14, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282774/cervical-length-in-adolescents-versus-adults
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Jessica N Buck, Kelly M Orzechowski, Jason K Baxter, Vincenzo Berghella
PURPOSE: Two of the known risk factors for spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB) are short cervical length (CL) ≤ 25 mm and adolescence (≤19 years). Our objective was to evaluate whether adolescent women have a higher incidence of short CL compared to their 20-24 year old counterparts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective cohort of nulliparous singleton gestations undergoing universal second trimester transvaginal ultrasound (TVU) CL screening between January 2012 and June 2013...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281301/doppler-assessment-of-patients-with-twin-to-twin-transfusion-syndrome-and-survival-following-fetoscopic-laser-surgery
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Enrique Gil Guevara, Andrea Pazos, Otilia Gonzalez, Pilar Carretero, Francisca S Molina
OBJECTIVE: To investigate fetal-survival rates following laser surgery for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and the impact of Doppler analysis. METHODS: The present retrospective single-center study included data from patients with pregnancies exhibiting TTTS treated with fetoscopic laser surgery between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2016. Perinatal outcomes were examined and variables were compared between the donor and recipient fetuses that survived and died, respectively...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277920/the-role-of-serial-measurements-of-cervical-length-in-asymptomatic-women-with-triplet-pregnancy
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Hadar Rosen, Liran Hiersch, Howie Freeman, Jon Barrett, Nir Melamed
OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive accuracy of serial measurements of cervical length (CL) for preterm birth in asymptomatic women with triplet pregnancy. METHODS: A retrospective study of women with triplets who underwent serial sonographic measurements of CL until 28-32 weeks of gestation. The predictive accuracy of CL for preterm birth was determined at 4 periods along gestation: 18-20 weeks (period 1), 21-24 weeks (period 2), 25-27 weeks (period 3) and 28-32 weeks (period 4)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277132/maternal-serum-cytokine-levels-in-pregnancies-complicated-with-threatened-preterm-labour
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Alejandra Herrera-Muñoz, Ana M Fernández-Alonso, Natalia Fischer-Suárez, Peter Chedraui, Faustino R Pérez-López
OBJECTIVE: To investigate serum inflammatory markers in singleton gestations complicated with threatened preterm labour (TPL). METHODS: Pregnant women complicated with TPL (n = 61) were recruited to measure maternal serum levels of a panel of cytokines and C-reactive protein and then compared to controls without TPL, matched for gestational age (n = 64) and term pregnancies in the prodromal phase of labour (PPL) (n = 31). In addition, baseline cytokine levels were compared among cases and controls according to the outcome...
February 21, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266156/re-cervical-length-screening-for-prevention-of-preterm-birth-in-singleton-pregnancy-with-threatened-preterm-labor-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials-using-individual-patient-level-data-v-berghella-m-palacio-a-ness-z-alfirevic
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COMMENT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258974/assessment-of-cervical-elastography-strain-pattern-and-its-association-with-preterm-birth
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Vera Oturina, Kerstin Hammer, Mareike Möllers, Janina Braun, Maria Karina Falkenberg, Kathrin Oelmeier de Murcia, Ute Möllmann, Maria Eveslage, Arrigo Fruscalzo, Walter Klockenbusch, Ralf Schmitz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the cervical strain pattern by an ultrasound elastography cervix examination and to determine its association with preterm delivery. METHODS: In this study, 30 cases resulting in preterm birth and 30 gestational age-matched controls were included. A vaginal ultrasound examination with cervical length and elastography measurement was performed. We calculated four strain ratios (SR1-SR4) of the regions of interest (ROIs) arranged in pairs in four different positions on the anterior cervical lip...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255763/cervical-length-after-cerclage-comparison-between-laparoscopic-and-vaginal-approach
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Daniele Bolla, Maria Luisa Gasparri, Sabrina Badir, Michael Bajka, Michael D Mueller, Andrea Papadia, Luigi Raio
PURPOSE: The aim of our study was to investigate the sonographic changes of the cervical length during pregnancy after the placement of a transvaginal cervical cerclage (TVC) or a laparoscopic abdominal cerclage (LAC) in patients with cervical insufficiency (CI). METHODS: Between January 2008 and March 2015, a retrospective analysis of all women undergoing a prophylactic laparoscopic (LAC group) or transvaginal (TVC group) cerclage due to cervical insufficiency was conducted...
March 3, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217665/elastographic-measurement-of-the-cervix-during-pregnancy-current-status-and-future-challenges
#18
REVIEW
Hyunjung Kim, Han Sung Hwang
The cervix is a cylindrical structure that is proximally connected to the uterus and distally to the vaginal cavity. The Bishop score has been used to evaluate the cervix during pregnancy. However, alternatives have been evaluated because the Bishop score is uncomfortable for patients, relies on a subjective examination, and lacks internal os data. Elastography has been used to assess the cervix, as it can estimate tissue stiffness. Recent articles on elastography for cervical assessment during pregnancy have focused on its usefulness for prediction of preterm birth and successful labor induction...
January 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178045/assessment-of-transvaginal-ultrasound-cervical-length-image-quality
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Rupsa C Boelig, Helen Feltovich, Jean Lea Spitz, Gregory Toland, Vincenzo Berghella, Jay D Iams
OBJECTIVE: To use data from the Cervical Length Education and Review program to evaluate the quality of transvaginal cervical length ultrasonography by trained imagers (ie, ultrasonographers, radiologists, perinatologists). METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study of data from the Cervical Length Education and Review program. Candidates underwent an online lecture series, examination, and submitted a batch of images for review. For a candidate's batch of images to pass, all images must meet at least seven of the nine criteria assessed, the overall batch score needs to be 80% or greater, correct caliper placement must be met for all images, and the same criterion cannot be consistently missed...
March 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170117/prevention-of-preterm-birth-with-pessary-in-twins-poppt-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Vincenzo Berghella, Lorraine Dugoff, Jack Ludmir
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate if cervical pessary placement prevents PTB in twin gestations with a short midtrimester transvaginal ultrasound (TVU) cervical length (CL). METHODS: Multicenter randomized controlled trial of asymptomatic women with twin gestations with a TVU CL ≤30 mm at 18(0) -27(6) weeks. TVU CL screening was performed at the time of the anatomy scan at 18(0) -23(6) , and at subsequent scheduled ultrasounds prior to 28 weeks. Women with a TVU CL ≤30 mm at 18(0) -27(6) weeks were randomized to receive the Bioteque cup cervical pessary or no pessary...
February 7, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
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