Cerclage in complete placenta previa preventing preterm labor: A rare case report

Yudianto Budi Saroyo, Omo Abdul Madjid, Victor Prana Andika Santawi, Laurensia Scovani, Sigit Purbadi

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Placenta previa often leads to antepartum hemorrhage, which warrants the patient for emergency room admission. The bleeding occurs mainly due to cervical dilation, which could be caused by cervical incompetence. Cervical cerclage has been considered as the primary treatment for cervical incompetence. However, evidence is lacking for its application in placenta previa. Here, we present a case of a 30-year-old pregnant woman diagnosed with complete placenta previa where a good obstetrical outcome could be achieved. The patient had antepartum hemorrhage during the 21st week of gestational age due to cervical dilation in a complete placenta previa case. An emergency cerclage using McDonald’s technique was then performed, which prolonged the pregnancy to the 34th week of gestation. The patient had cesarean section and delivered a healthy baby girl weighing 2190 g. The mother and the baby had an uneventful recovery and were discharged after 2 days of hospitalization.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSAGE Open Medical Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • antepartum hemorrhage
  • Cervical cerclage
  • cervical incompetence
  • placenta previa


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