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Journal of Perinatal Medicine

Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Dudenhausen, Joachim W.

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Volume 36, Issue 6 (Nov 2008)


History-indicated cerclage: practice patterns of maternal-fetal medicine specialists in the USA

Nathan S. Fox
  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
/ Shari E. Gelber
  • 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
/ Robin B. Kalish
  • 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
/ Stephen T. Chasen
  • 4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
Published Online: 2008-07-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPM.2008.083


Objective: There is limited evidence supporting the effectiveness of history-indicated cerclage in preventing spontaneous pregnancy loss or preterm birth. This study was undertaken to estimate the practice patterns of maternal-fetal medicine specialists in regards to history-indicated cerclage.

Methods: We performed a mail-based survey of all SMFM specialists in the US. Subjects were asked whether they would recommend a history-indicated cerclage at 12–14 weeks in a patient whose prior pregnancy was her first pregnancy and ended in a spontaneous, painless loss at 19 weeks with no identifiable cause.

Results: A total of 827 (46%) of SMFM members responded of which 75% would recommend a history-indicated cerclage for this patient. Twenty-one percent would not recommend one, but would place one if desired by the patient. Only 4% would not place a history-indicated cerclage in this scenario. A total of 71% believed a history-indicated cerclage was associated with moderate or significant benefit, and 89% believed it involved minimal or no risk. Female gender, non-academic practice, practicing in the southern region and greater interval since residency training were all independently associated with the recommendation for a history-indicated cerclage.

Conclusions: Despite limited level-I evidence supporting its use, a history-indicated cerclage is recommended by most maternal-fetal medicine specialists.

Keywords: Cerclage; history-indicated; prophylactic; second trimester loss; SMFM

About the article

Corresponding author: Nathan S. Fox, MD Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates PLLC 70 East 90th Street New York, NY 10128 USA Tel.: 1-212-722-7409 Fax: 1-212-722-7185

Received: 2008-03-29

Revised: 2008-04-14

Accepted: 2008-04-21

Published Online: 2008-07-24

Published Online: 2008-07-24

Published in Print: 2008-11-01

Citation Information: Journal of Perinatal Medicine, ISSN (Online) 1619-3997, ISSN (Print) 0300-5577, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPM.2008.083.

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