The Morton and Diane Stenchever Lecture will consider if it’s time to shift how obstetricians view and diagnose cervical insufficiency.
“Debate: Should We Abandon the Diagnosis of Cervical Insufficiency?” will take place from 2:25 – 3:15 pm today in Hall D. Jay D. Iams, MD, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, will argue for abandoning the diagnosis, while John Owen, MD, MSPH, professor in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, will argue for keeping the diagnosis.
“It’s a hard change,” Dr. Iams said. “Changing this could have social and political implications.”
The session will include a look at the risks and benefits of current interventions for women with pregnancies complicated by premature cervical effacement and dilation. It also will examine the multiple causes of premature cervical effacement and dilation and whether the 20-week boundary between preterm birth and miscarriage remains accurate based on all the data available.