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Cervical pessary does not prevent preterm births, study shows

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1597 (Published 17 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1597
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Inserting a silicon pessary around the cervix does not reduce the risk of early preterm delivery in singleton pregnancies in women with a short cervix at 20 to 24 weeks’ gestation, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows.1

Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal and infant deaths, and cerebral palsy is 10 times more common in children born …

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