McDonald's suture: A successful case


Nusrat Mahjabeen1 , Shaikh Zinnat Ara Nasreen2


Cervical incompetence is characterized by painless dilatation of the incompetent cervix and results in miscarriages and preterm delivery during second trimester. Cervical cerclage (CC) has been utilized for the cure of loss in second trimester pregnancy. The detection of cervical incompetency is difficult. Usually patients have history of repeated second trimester demise or early preterm delivery after cervical dilatation without pain having no bleeding, contractions, or other reasons. We report a 28years old patient, 3rd gravida, para 0+2, at 11 weeks’ gestation with the diagnosis of cervical incompetence, in whom cervical cerclage (McDonald’s suture) was performed successfully. There were no operative or immediate postoperative complications. A healthy infant was delivered at 37 weeks by caesarean section. After delivery the suture was removed. Cervical cerclage during pregnancy can be safe and effective treatment for well-selected patients with cervical incompetence.

Keywords: Cervical cerclage, Cervical incompetence, McDonald cerclage, Preterm delivery.

  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  2. Professor & Head, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics

    Z H Sikder Women's Medical College, Dhaka

Volume 3, Number 1, January 2021
Page: 38-40