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Transvaginal cervical cerclage

Errol R Norwitz, MD, PhD, MBA
Section Editor
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
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Vanessa A Barss, MD, FACOG


Cervical cerclage refers to a variety of surgical procedures in which sutures, wires, or synthetic tape are used to reinforce the cervix. By mechanically increasing the tensile strength of the cervix, the occurrence of adverse perinatal events associated with cervical insufficiency may be reduced. Adverse perinatal events associated with cervical insufficiency include:

Prolapse of the fetal membranes into the vagina

Intraamniotic infection

Preterm premature rupture of the fetal membranes (PPROM)

Preterm labor and delivery

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