Reinforcing cerclage for a short cervix at follow-up after the primary cerclage procedure

Stephen A. Contag, Jesse Woo, David B. Schwartz, Pedro P. Arrabal, Geralyn Oreilly, Margaret Harper

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Objective: To determine whether a reinforcing cerclage (RC) for a short cervix measured after the primary cerclage procedure prolonged pregnancy.Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 157 women with singleton gestations who underwent cerclage for standard indications. Women were grouped according to cervical length (CL) at the time of follow-up 1-2 weeks after the initial cerclage placement: ≥25 mm (106 women) and <25 mm with (20 women) or without RC (31 women). Gestational age (GA) at delivery was compared by ANOVA. Survival risk analysis was applied to model GA at delivery adjusted for indication and CL before and after the first cerclage.Results: Women with CL ≥25mm delivered later than women with CL < 25mm after the first cerclage (p < 0.01). RC did not delay delivery for women with CL < 25 mm (p = 0.17) after the primary procedure. Indication for the primary cerclage (p < 0.01) and CL (p < 0.01) after the primary cerclage were the best predictors for GA at delivery.Conclusion: Placement of RC for short cervix did not prolong duration of pregnancy, GA at delivery or modify the probability of preterm birth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2423-2428
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 2 2016


  • Cerclage
  • cervical length
  • gestational age
  • reinforcing cerclage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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