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Cervical ectopic pregnancy: Mersilene tape in surgical management

A A Bamigboye, O A Ojo


In view of the rarity of cervical ectopic gestation and the potentially high morbidity that may be associated with its presentation and management, we report management of a case of cervical ectopic pregnancy using cervical cerclage with Mersilene tape as an intervention to reduce intraoperative haemorrhage during evacuation. The 36-year-old woman had a classic diagnosis of cervical ectopic pregnancy made in the consulting room with a transvaginal ultrasound examination. Evacuation with suction curettage was performed, and brisk bleeding was arrested with Mersilene tape. Placing a cervical cerclage is a relatively easy procedure to perform and may prevent major intraoperative bleeding, thereby minimising the risk of a major surgical procedure.

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A A Bamigboye, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

O A Ojo, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mediclinic Hospital, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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Pregnancy; Ectopic; Cerclage

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South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2014;20(2):63-64. DOI:10.7196/sajog.807

Article History

Date submitted: 2013-10-22
Date published: 2014-08-13

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