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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2001;44(10):1857-1864.
Published online October 1, 2001.
Clinical usefulness of transabdominal cervicoisthmic cerclage in IIOC patients for whom transvaginal cervicoisthmic cerclage is unsuitable.
Sung Ho Park, Jin Sook Heo, Sang Hun Lee, Ki Han Park, Tae Bum Choung, Hyun Ah Jun, Hong Bae Kim, Keun Young Lee, Song Won Kang
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, college of medicine, Hallym University, KangNam Sacred Heart Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
Our purpose was to review the clinical use of transabdominal cervicoishmic cerclage to determine whether it is a valid alternative to transvaginal cerclage. Study design : A retrospective review was carried out of transabdominal cerclage patients at our hospital from Jan. 1999 to May. 2001. Analysis of the clinical use of transabdominal rather than the vaginal approach in some IIOC patients was performed and fetal outcomes was evaluated. RESULTS: Fifteen patients underwent transabdominal cerclages. The primary indication for transabdominal cervicoisthmic cerclage was failed transvaginal cerclage in 9 patients and anatomic unsuitability for transvaginal cerclage in 6 patients. Follow-up was conducted for all except one patient. All patients were successfully delivered of live babies by Cesarean section. Complications including blood loss requiring transfusion did not occur. However one baby died at postpartal 1 day because of congenital Tetralogy of Fallot. CONCLUSION: All patients had histories compatible with incompetent cervix requiring cerclage, and none were suitable candidates for vaginal cerclage. Our results and review of the literature confirm that Transabdominal cervicoisthmic cerclage has an important role to play for carefully selected patients.
Key Words: IIOC, Transabdominal cervicoisthmic cerclage

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