Is selective screening for gestational diabetes mellitus worthwhile everywhere?

R. Corcoy*, A. García-Patterson, E. Pau, E. Pascual, O. Altirriba, J. M. Adelantado, A. De Leiva

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We assessed if selective screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) as recommended by the Fourth Workshop on GDM is worthwhile in our centre. Detection is performed using universal screening in three pregnancy periods using the tests recommended by the first three Workshops. We have analysed the prevalence of low-risk characteristics for GDM in the 917 women delivering in the centre in 1992 and in the whole cohort of 1635 women with GDM delivering between 1986 and 1998. The rate of women with all low risk characteristics was 7.0% among the general pregnant population and 1.3% in the cohort of women with GDM (p<0.001). We conclude that in our population, selective screening of GDM is reliable in identifying women at low risk of GDM, but since only a negligible subset of the pregnant population would not need to be screened, adherence to these guidelines would make the screening policy unnecessarily complicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-157
Number of pages4
JournalActa Diabetologica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


  • Gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Selective screening
  • Universal screening


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