cervical cerclage

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cervical cerclage

The use of ligatures around the cervix uteri to treat cervical incompetence during pregnancy. It is usually performed between 12–14 weeks before the cervix has begun to thin or dilate and is removed towards the end of pregnancy.
See: Shirodkar operation
See also: cerclage

Cervical cerclage

A procedure in which the cervix is sewn closed; used in cases when the cervix starts to dilate too early in a pregnancy to allow the birth of a healthy baby.
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Cervical Shirodkar cerclage may be the treatment modality of choice for cervical pregnancy.
Pregnancy outcome after placement of rescue Shirodkar cerclage, Journ of Perinatology, 2009; 29: 276-279.
The original Shirodkar cerclage and its modifications--but not the McDonald cerclage and its subsequent modifications--included an "anchor" suture attaching the cerclage band to the firm cervical stromal layer as a means to prevent downward slippage and displacement.