Tag: American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Risk of Infection During Labor Not Influenced by Number of Cervical Exams

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jun 15 – Obstetricians can be reassured that repeated cervical exams during active labor won’t increase the risk of maternal infection, say the authors of a report this month in Obstetrics & Gynecology. In a large retrospective study, they found no significant link between number of cervical examinations…

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Vaginal Progesterone Cuts Premature Births

Women with a sonographically detected short cervix cut their risk for preterm birth in half with vaginal progesterone, according to a meta-analysis published online December 14 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The report confirms results from several, prospective, randomized trials showing that progesterone was effective in preventing preterm births. “The present [individual patient data] meta-analysis provides…

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Energy-Based Vessel Sealing May Improve Vaginal Hysterectomy

Energy-based vessel sealing during vaginal hysterectomy appears to decrease operating time, blood loss, and hospital stay, according to a pair of Canadian researchers. But one of the two told Reuters Health that the technique isn’t quite ready for prime time. “Energy-based vessel sealing has the potential to improve operative capability and surgical outcomes,” said Dr….

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VTE Prophylaxis in Gynecologic Surgery: Effective but Underused

For the majority of women having gynecologic surgery for benign conditions, intermittent pneumatic compression provides sufficient protection against venous thromboembolism (VTE). Women at increased risk for blood clots, including older women with cancer or a history of VTE, will need pharmacologic prophylaxis as well. The findings are from a systematic review of randomized clinical trials…

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Earlier Pap Smears Best for At-Risk Adolescents

Young women who have multiple partners or a history of sexually transmitted disease would benefit from cervical cancer screening before age 21, according to new research presented earlier this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. “The patient population that we looked at is of lower socioeconomic status, they…

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ACOG Updates Routine Well-Woman Annual Screening Guidelines

The Committee on Gynecologic Practice of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has updated guidelines for routine screenings, laboratory tests, and immunizations for the annual examination visit of nonpregnant adolescents and women, according to a Committee Opinion published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. “The purpose of the annual ob-gyn visit is…

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Older Women Also Need Pap Smears

Women aged 70 and over should continue to get regular Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer, a study suggests. The study was presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Researchers found that women aged 70 and over account for more than one in 10 cases of cervical cancer in…

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