Prediction of Delivery in Women with Threatening Preterm Labour using Phosphorylated Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein-1 and Cervical Length using Transvaginal UltrasoundCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Vandana Saini,
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Introduction: Preterm delivery remains a challenge in Obstetrics as it is responsible for significant cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. At present there is no standard test for prediction of preterm labour for timely referral to a center with NICU facilities.
Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of the cervical phosphorylated insulin like growth factor binding protein-1(phIGFBP-1), cervical length measurement and combination of phIGFBP-1 with cervical length for Predicting Preterm Labour (PTL).
Materials and Methods: It was a observational prospective study done from January 2014 to April 2015 in Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NDMC Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi, India. A total of 100 women with singleton pregnancy, between 24 and 36 weeks of gestation with complaint of uterine contractions were randomly selected. These women were subjected to detect phIGFBP-1 in cervical secretions and cervical length measurement by Transvaginal Sonography (TVS). Result of the test, cervical length and time lapse between test and delivery was noted and the results were analysed. The cervical length less than 25 mm was used as a cut off point for predicting pre-term delivery. Data was analysed using SPSS software version 20.0.
Results: The Negative Predictive Value (NPV) of phIGFBP-1 and cervical length was similar (95.2% vs 94.05%) respectively for prediction of preterm labour within one week of admission and 93.92% vs 94.80% at 37 weeks of gestational age. Combined test had higher NPV of 96.38% at 34 weeks of gestation and 94% within two days of admission. Positive Predictive Value (PPV) was low for both the test and combining the two-test did not have any advantage as far as PPV was concerned. Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve showed that the combined test had a superior result in predicting PTL compared to either phIGFBP-1 or cervical length. The combined test had steepest ROC curve at < 34 weeks of gestation (AUC-0.83 with 95% CI).
Conclusion: The phIGFBP-1 test and cervical length have an almost equivalent ability to predict preterm delivery independently. The combined use of phIGFBP-1 and TVS for cervical length shows an increase in efficacy in predicting preterm labour.
Fetal fibronectin, Preterm delivery, Risk of preterm labor, Shortened cervical length
Amrita Kumari, Vandana Saini, P.K. Jain, Mamta Gupta. PREDICTION OF DELIVERY IN WOMEN WITH THREATENING PRETERM LABOUR USING PHOSPHORYLATED INSULIN-LIKE GROWTH FACTOR BINDING PROTEIN-1 AND CERVICAL LENGTH USING TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUND. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 September [cited: 2018 Jan 23 ]; 11:QC01-QC04. Available from
Date of Submission: Mar 28, 2017
Date of Peer Review: May 13, 2017
Date of Acceptance: Jul 31, 2017
Date of Publishing: Sep 01, 2017
FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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