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Transabdominal cervical cerclage.
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PMID:  21039381     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: Transabdominal cervical cerclage has been performed via laparotomy for over four decades. A laparoscopic approach has recently been developed and offers the potential for lower morbidity.
AIMS: The experience of one operator with transabdominal cervical cerclage via laparotomy is reviewed to establish a baseline with which to compare results from the laparoscopic approach.
METHODS: Transabdominal cervical cerclage was performed with Mersilene tape. The pregnancy outcome prior to transabdominal cervical cerclage was compared with the outcomes after its insertion.
RESULTS: Prior to transabdominal cervical cerclage, there were 58 pregnancies of which 18 ended with a first trimester pregnancy loss. Twenty-eight of the 36 pregnancies delivering between 13- and 26-week gestation resulted in a pregnancy loss. Three of the four children delivered after 26-week gestation survived. Following transabdominal cervical cerclage, there were no first trimester pregnancy losses. Of the 23 pregnancies after transabdominal cerclage, one was terminated at 18-week gestation for spina bifida and the remaining 22 babies were delivered at a mean gestation of 36.2 weeks. Maternal morbidity was limited to a single wound infection. Respiratory distress was the only significant neonatal morbidity with all babies recovering completely.
CONCLUSIONS: Transabdominal cervical cerclage via laparotomy is a safe and successful method of treating women who need a cervical cerclage but are unable to have a vaginal suture. A baseline has been established with which to compare the results from laparoscopic transabdominal cervical cerclage in the future.
Mark P Umstad; Michael A Quinn; Alex Ades
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1479-828X     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0001027     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  460-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 The Authors. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology © 2010 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Department of Perinatal Medicine, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
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