The B-mode sonographic evaluation of the post-caesarean uterine wall and its methodology: a study protocol

  • Aim: The aim of this study is to utilize the niche measurement guidelines outlined by Jordans et al. in order to establish normal values and accurate description of caesarean section scars in a normal population. After defining the normal distribution, abnormal pregestational scar characteristics will be identified for predicting adverse pregnancy outcomes. Methods: This is a prospective observational multicenter clinical study where women with a history of only one caesarean section and yet open family planning are enrolled. The uterine length, cervical length, niche length, niche depth, niche width, residual myometrial thickness, endometrial thickness, scar to internal os distance, anterior myometrial thickness superior and inferior to the scar and the posterior myometrial thickness opposite the scar, superior and inferior to it are measured in a pregestational uterus. The lower uterine segment is measured over a length of 3 cm during subsequent pregnancy and followed up until delivery. Results: Data from 500 patients will yield normal distribution curves for all predefined measurements. Establishing a correlation between deviations from the normal measures and adverse events would be instrumental for counseling women regarding subsequent pregnancy and mode of delivery. Conclusion: This study will demonstrate the changes of the post-caesarean scar from a non-pregnant uterus until delivery and can confirm the importance of the scar characteristics in predicting pregnancy outcome.

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Author:Ammar Al Naimi, Niki MouzakitiGND, Marie Hondrich, Frank LouwenGND, Franz BahlmannGND
Parent Title (English):The journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research
Place of publication:Oxford
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/10/22
Date of first Publication:2020/10/22
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/11/03
Tag:caesarean scar; caesarean section; post-caesarean uterus; sonography; uterine wall
Page Number:5
First Page:2547
Last Page:2551
This work was supported by the Dr. Senckenbergische Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main.
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0