Can emergency cervical cerclage reduce pregnancy loss in women with cervical dilatation and exposed unruptured, fetal membranes?

Every year, some women in UK have complications where their cervix (the neck of the womb) becomes loose and opens during pregnancy. A stitch may be sewn into the cervix to try to keep it closed. This is called ‘cervical suture’ or ‘cervical cerclage’. Without a stitch, the cervix can open too early, resulting in miscarriage or premature birth. Putting a stitch into the cervix does not guarantee to keep the cervix closed, but it can sometimes let the pregnancy continue for a few more weeks.

The C-stich2 study aimed to determine if an emergency cervical cerclage (ECC) reduces pregnancy loss in women who present with cervical dilatation and exposed unruptured, fetal membranes between 16+0 and 27+6 weeks.

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