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Why is a cervical cerclage done?

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When your body gets ready to give birth, the cervix starts to dilate, or widen. But if your cervix is weak or has other problems, it might open too soon. This can lead to premature delivery or a miscarriage.

From: What Is Cervical Cerclage? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cervical Cerclage,” “Pelvic Exam.”

March of Dimes: “Ultrasound During Pregnancy.”

International Anesthesia Research Society: “Cervical Cerclage: Anesthesia Management.”

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: “Regional Anesthesia for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cervical Cerclage,” “Pelvic Exam.”

March of Dimes: “Ultrasound During Pregnancy.”

International Anesthesia Research Society: “Cervical Cerclage: Anesthesia Management.”

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: “Regional Anesthesia for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 20, 2018

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