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J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2008 May;21(5):297-300. doi: 10.1080/14767050802037613.

Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1) in cervical secretions as a predictor of preterm delivery.

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Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Clinical Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.



The objective of this study was to investigate the level of insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1) in cervical secretions and Bishop score as predictors of preterm delivery in asymptomatic pregnant women.


This was a prospective study at the Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University Clinical Center in Tuzla, on a sample of 80 healthy pregnant women at between 24 and 34 gestational weeks. After interview every woman underwent IGFBP-1 concentration measurement by the 'Actim Partus' test. The Bishop score was determined by the author (A.L) during vaginal examination. Rates among groups were compared using arithmetic mean and standard deviation, Student's t-test, Mann-Witney U-test, and Spearman-Rank correlation test. Statistical importance was determined at the variation levels of 5% and 1%.


Eight (10.00%) women in the study group had a positive Actim Partus test and six (7.50%) of them had a preterm delivery. The positive predictive value was 44.44% and negative predictive value was 98.59%. The specificity of the Bishop score in the study group was 83.78% and the sensitivity was 50.00%. The positive predictive value of the Bishop score in this group was 20.00% and the negative predictive value was 95.36%. There was no correlation between the Bishop score and Actim Partus test (p = 0.15).


If the concentration of IGFBP-1 is <10 microg/L (negative Actim Partus test) in asymptomatic pregnant women, the risk of preterm delivery is low. The Actim Partus test could be used as a screening test for preterm delivery in asymptomatic pregnant women.

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