Indicators for Cervical Length in Twin Pregnancies

Frederik J R Hermans, Ewoud Schuit, Sophie M S Liem, Arianne C. Lim, Johannes Duvekot, Liesbeth C J Scheepers, Mallory M. Woiski, Maureen M. Franssen, Martijn A. Oudijk, Kitty W M Bloemenkamp, Bas Nij Bijvanck, Dick J. Bekedam, Brent C. Opmeer, Ben Willem J Mol

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Abstract

Objective Cervical length (CL) is associated with the risk of preterm birth (PTB) in multiple pregnancies. However, the position of CL within the pathophysiological pathway of PTB is unclear, and it is unknown which factors are predictive for CL. This study aims to investigate whether in twin pregnancies baseline maternal and obstetrical characteristics are potential indicators for CL, to improve insight in the pathophysiological pathway of PTB. Study Design Secondary analysis of data on twin pregnancies and CL measurement between 16 and 22 weeks. A set of 10 potential indicators, known to be associated with an increased risk of PTB and/or which have a plausible mechanism resulting in a change of CL were selected. We used multivariable linear regression with backward selection to identify independent indicators for CL. Results A total of 1,447 women with twin pregnancies were included. Mean CL was 43.7 (± 8.9) mm. In multivariable analysis, age (0.27 mm/y; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.16 to 0.39), use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) (-1.42 mm, 95% CI -2.6 to -0.25), and having delivered at term in a previous pregnancy (1.32 mm, 95% CI 0.25 to 2.39) were significantly associated with CL. Conclusion This study shows that in twin pregnancies, age, use of ART and having delivered term in a previous pregnancy has an association with CL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1151-1157
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Volume32
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2015

Keywords

  • cervical length
  • indicators
  • multiple pregnancies
  • preterm birth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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