Purpose: To evaluate by means of elastography if the quantitative assessment of the cesarean scar elasticity is feasible using as reference the surrounding intact myometrium and to investigate if the cesarean scar stiffness is influenced by the clinical characteristics of the previous cesarean delivery. Methods: Prospective study including women with a previous Cesarean Section (CS) ≥ 37 weeks' gestation performed 12–15 months before. By transvaginal ultrasound two regions of interest (ROI) were selected: uterine scar (Region 1) and surrounding myometrium (Region 2). Strain index (SI) for each ROI was calculated and the Strain Ratio (SR) was defined as Region 1 SI/Region 2 SI. The primary outcome was to compare SR among women who were grouped in accordance to presence of previous vaginal delivery, CS during labor, type of suture or pyrexia during post-partum. The secondary outcome of this study was to evaluate the correlation between SR and maternal, neonatal and labor characteristics. Results: 68 women were included. The mean SR was 1.8 ± 0.7 thus indicating an increased stiffness of the uterine scar compared to the surrounding myometrium. No significant differences were found in terms of SR according to presence of previous VD, CS during labor, type of suture or pyrexia during post-partum period. Strain Ratio was not correlated to maternal characteristics nor to labor and neonatal outcome. Conclusions: Evaluation of uterine scar stiffness is feasible by using elastography. The stiffness of the uterine scar is higher than that of the surrounding myometrium and is not correlated to maternal and labor characteristics.

Evaluation of the uterine scar stiffness in women with previous Cesarean section by ultrasound elastography: A cohort study / di Pasquo, E.; Kiener, A. J. O.; Dall'Asta, A.; Commare, A.; Angeli, L.; Frusca, T.; Ghi, T.. - In: CLINICAL IMAGING. - ISSN 0899-7071. - 64:(2020), pp. 53-56. [10.1016/j.clinimag.2020.03.006]

Evaluation of the uterine scar stiffness in women with previous Cesarean section by ultrasound elastography: A cohort study

Dall'Asta A.
Membro del Collaboration Group
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Frusca T.
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Ghi T.
Conceptualization
2020-01-01

Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate by means of elastography if the quantitative assessment of the cesarean scar elasticity is feasible using as reference the surrounding intact myometrium and to investigate if the cesarean scar stiffness is influenced by the clinical characteristics of the previous cesarean delivery. Methods: Prospective study including women with a previous Cesarean Section (CS) ≥ 37 weeks' gestation performed 12–15 months before. By transvaginal ultrasound two regions of interest (ROI) were selected: uterine scar (Region 1) and surrounding myometrium (Region 2). Strain index (SI) for each ROI was calculated and the Strain Ratio (SR) was defined as Region 1 SI/Region 2 SI. The primary outcome was to compare SR among women who were grouped in accordance to presence of previous vaginal delivery, CS during labor, type of suture or pyrexia during post-partum. The secondary outcome of this study was to evaluate the correlation between SR and maternal, neonatal and labor characteristics. Results: 68 women were included. The mean SR was 1.8 ± 0.7 thus indicating an increased stiffness of the uterine scar compared to the surrounding myometrium. No significant differences were found in terms of SR according to presence of previous VD, CS during labor, type of suture or pyrexia during post-partum period. Strain Ratio was not correlated to maternal characteristics nor to labor and neonatal outcome. Conclusions: Evaluation of uterine scar stiffness is feasible by using elastography. The stiffness of the uterine scar is higher than that of the surrounding myometrium and is not correlated to maternal and labor characteristics.
2020
Evaluation of the uterine scar stiffness in women with previous Cesarean section by ultrasound elastography: A cohort study / di Pasquo, E.; Kiener, A. J. O.; Dall'Asta, A.; Commare, A.; Angeli, L.; Frusca, T.; Ghi, T.. - In: CLINICAL IMAGING. - ISSN 0899-7071. - 64:(2020), pp. 53-56. [10.1016/j.clinimag.2020.03.006]
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