Morbidities of cervical cerclage: experience at a tertiary referral center

Saba Mubasshir, Aga Khan University
Shama Munim, Aga Khan University
Ghulam Zainab, Aga Khan University


The Perinatal morbidity and mortality associated with pre-term delivery is well known. Cervical incompetence or short cervix is a risk factor for the condition and cervical cerclage is the management option for such cases. The objective of the study was to determine the frequency of operative morbidities of cervical cerclage. All women undergoing cervical cerclage from April 2007 to December 2009 at the Aga Khan University Hospital served as the study subjects. Findings suggested that the risk of developing ruptured membranes after cervical cerclage was 10% and that of pregnancy loss was 8.6%. The risk of cerclage-associated complications like rupture of membranes, bleeding and chorioamnionitis was small. The risk of delivery before 34 weeks of gestation was 15.7%.