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Universal cervical length screening in singleton gestations without a previous preterm birth: ten reasons why it should be implemented
A short cervix is associated strongly with preterm birth. Pharmacologic intervention with vaginal progesterone in women with a singleton pregnancy and a short cervix in the second trimester decreases the incidence of preterm birth. We explore the evidence that universal cervical length screening in women with a singleton pregnancy meets the criteria for an effective screening test for preterm birth prevention, driving it towards becoming routinely offered in prenatal care.
Key words: prematurity, progesterone.
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
∗ Corresponding author: Vincenzo Berghella, MD.
The authors report no conflict of interest.
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