Ultrasonographic cervical length assessment in predicting preterm birth in singleton pregnancies.
|Lim K, Butt K, Crane JM. Ultrasonographic cervical length assessment in predicting preterm birth in singleton pregnancies. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2011 May;33(5):486-99. [141 references] PubMed|
National Guideline Clearinghouse Ultrasonographic cervical length assessment in predicting preterm birth in singleton pregnancies.
J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2011 May;33(5):486-99.
SOGC Clinical Practice Guideline. Ultrasonographic cervical length assessment in predicting preterm birth in singleton pregnancies.
SourceSociety of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
OBJECTIVES:To review (1) the use of ultrasonographic-derived cervical length measurement in predicting preterm birth and (2) interventions associated with a short cervical length.
OUTCOMES:Reduction in rates of prematurity and/or better identification of those at risk, as well as possible prevention of unnecessary interventions.
EVIDENCE:Published literature was retrieved through searches of PubMed and The Cochrane Library up to December 2009, using appropriate controlled vocabulary and key words (preterm labour, ultrasound, cervix, incompetent cervix, transvaginal, transperineal, cervical length, fibronectin). Results were restricted to general and systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials/controlled clinical trials, and observational studies. There were no date or language restrictions. Grey (unpublished) literature was identified through searching the websites of health technology assessment and health technology assessment-related agencies, clinical practice guideline collections, clinical trial registries, and national and international medical specialty societies.
VALUES:The evidence and this guideline were reviewed by the Diagnostic Imaging Committee and the Maternal Fetal Medicine Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, and the recommendations were made according to the guidelines developed by The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (Table 1).
BENEFITS, HARMS, AND COSTS:Preterm birth is a leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Use of the ultrasonographic technique reviewed in this guideline may help identify women at risk of preterm birth and, in some circumstances, lead to interventions that may reduce the rate of preterm birth.
SPONSORS:The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
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