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J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2009 Sep-Oct;16(5):634-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2009.05.011.

Successful interval laparoscopic transabdominal cervicoisthmic cerclage preceding twin gestation: a case report.

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Huntington Reproductive Medicine Centre, São Paulo, Brazil.


Laparoscopic transabdominal cervicoisthmic cerclage (LTCC) is an alternative, less-morbid option to the traditional transabdominal cerclage, indicated for patients with cervical incompetence. Experience with the technique is based on case reports and a few case series. Considering LTCC for twin gestations, reports are very scarce and are derived from LTCC performed during pregnancy. We report the case of a 36-year-old patient, gravida 1, para 0, aborta 1, who underwent interval LTCC after a previous failed transvaginal emergency cerclage performed in the second trimester. Hysteroscopic metroplasty was concomitantly performed for an incomplete septate uterus. The procedure lasted 100 minutes, with an estimated blood loss of 50 mL. The patient was discharged home on the second postoperative day. The patient became pregnant with twins 3 months after the procedure after undergoing in vitro fertilization. The gestational course was uneventful, and the patient delivered 2 healthy neonates at 38 weeks gestation by elective cesarean section. The cerclage tape was left in situ. Minor modifications of the previously reported techniques included use of a laparoscopic Deschamps needle for placing the cotton cardiac tape used as suture material. Vessels in the cervical transverse cervical ligament were exposed before cerclage tape application. To our knowledge, this is the first report of interval LTCC preceding a twin gestation.

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