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Pregnancy outcome after early detection of bacterial vaginosis

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Policlinico S.Orsola-Malpighi, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Italy.
European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (Impact Factor: 1.63). 01/2007; 128(1-2):40-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2005.12.024
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ABSTRACT To assess if detecting bacterial vaginosis either in early pregnancy or at midtrimester may predict adverse pregnancy outcome in women at risk for preterm delivery.
242 pregnant women with a previous preterm delivery were evaluated for bacterial vaginosis either in the first trimester (prior to 10+0 weeks) or in the second one (24-26 weeks). Adverse outcome was intended as miscarriage (< or =25 weeks), or premature delivery (< or =36+6).
The risk of adverse pregnancy outcome was significantly increased in women diagnosed at first trimester with bacterial vaginosis (OR: 4.56; 95% CI: 2.54-8.93); the same finding at midtrimester did not increase significantly the risk of preterm delivery.
Early screening for bacterial vaginosis in pregnant women who experienced a preterm delivery may help in predicting the risk of adverse outcome.

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