Physical examination-indicated cerclage in singleton and twin pregnancies: Maternal-fetal outcomes

Andrea Bernabeu, Maria Goya, Miquel Martra, Anna Suy, Laia Pratcorona, Carme Merced, Elisa Llurba, Manel Casellas, Elena Carreras, Luis Cabero

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© 2015 Taylor & Francis. Objectives: To study maternal and perinatal outcomes after physical examination-indicated cerclage in both singleton and twin pregnancies and evaluate the possible risk factors associated.Study design: Retrospective review of all women undergoing physical examination-indicated cerclage at the Hospital Vall dHebro, Barcelona from January 2009 to December 2012 after being diagnosed with cervical incompetence and risk of premature birth.Results: During the study period, 60 cases of women diagnosed with cervical incompetence who were carrying live and morphologically-normal fetuses (53 singleton and 7 twin pregnancies), and who had an imminent risk of premature birth were evaluated. Mean gestational age until birth was 35 weeks in singleton and 32 weeks in twin pregnancies. Four cases (7.5%) of immature births and one case (2.0%) of neonatal death were recorded in singleton pregnancies. No cases of immature births or neonatal deaths were recorded in twin pregnancies. Diagnostic amniocentesis was performed IN all cases to rule out possible chorioamnionitis.Conclusions: Physical examination-indicated cerclage for cervical incompetence in women at risk for immature or preterm birth demonstrates good perinatal prognosis without increasing maternal morbidity in either singleton or twin pregnancies. The increase in gestation time in our study may also have been due to the fact that patients with subclinical chorioamnionitis were excluded by diagnostic amniocentesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2109-2113
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016


  • Amniocentesis
  • chorioamnionitis
  • physical examination-indicated cerclage
  • preterm birth


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