Evaluation of Maternal-Fetal Outcomes After Emergency Vaginal Cerclage Performed With Shirodkar-McDonald Combined Modified Technique

Leonarda Ciancimino, Antonio Simone Lagan, Giovanna Imbesi, Benito Chiofalo, Alfredo Mancuso, Onofrio Triolo


Background: Several techniques of emergency vaginal cerclage have been proposed in case of unexpected and abrupt cervical incompetence (CI), in order to prolong the pregnancy as much as possible and to reduce the adverse maternal-fetal outcomes. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effectiveness of emergency cervical cerclage, performed with the combined modified Shirodkar-McDonald technique.

Methods: We selected 12 cases of emergency vaginal cerclage, performed between January 1, 2008 and June 30, 2013. The age of the patients was between 20 and 38 years (mean 29.0 standard deviation (SD) 5.69), parity between 0 and 2 (mean 0.7 SD 0.65), and gestational age at the time of admission ranged between 17 and 26 weeks (mean 21.0 SD 3.44). In all these cases, we used a combined modified Shirodkar-McDonald technique to perform the procedure.

Results: The neonatal survival rate was 83.3%. The cesarean section rate was 16.7%. The average pregnancy prolongation was 89.9 days, higher than that reported for other studies in the literature.

Conclusions: We can assume that the emergency vaginal cerclage performed with the combined modified Shirodkar-McDonald technique is the best option of surgical therapy for the treatment of unexpected and abrupt CI.

J Clin Med Res. 2015;7(5):319-323
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14740/jocmr2108w


Cervical incompetence; Emergency vaginal cerclage; Maternal-fetal outcomes; McDonald; Shirodkar

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