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Imaging Test May Help Predict the Success of Labor Induction

When labor is induced in pregnant women, one in five women will require an emergency cesarean section. A study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica has demonstrated an effective way to predict such cases.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:01 am EST
"Our study suggests that in the future, ultrasonic assessment of the cervix may replace manual assessment in providing more objective and precise information on the condition of the cervix, which may lead to better management of induction of labor"

When labor is induced in pregnant women, one in five women will require an emergency cesarean section. A study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica has demonstrated an effective way to predict such cases.

The strategy assesses the stiffness of the cervix before labor is induced, using an imaging technique called shear wave elastography. The method was tested in 475 women, 17.3% of whom required an emergency cesarean section.

“Our study suggests that in the future, ultrasonic assessment of the cervix may replace manual assessment in providing more objective and precise information on the condition of the cervix, which may lead to better management of induction of labor,” said senior author Tak Yeung Leung, MD, MBChB, of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aogs.13706

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Published monthly, Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica is an international journal dedicated to providing the very latest information on the results of both clinical, basic and translational research work related to all aspects of women’s health from around the globe. The journal regularly publishes commentaries, reviews, and original articles on a wide variety of topics including: gynecology, pregnancy, birth, female urology, gynecologic oncology, fertility and reproductive biology.

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