Individualized management of vasa previa and neonatal outcomes

Shota Saji, Junichi Hasegawa, Yinka Oyelese, Natsumi Furuya, Chika Homma, Yoko Nishimura, Masamitsu Nakamura, Nao Suzuki

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Objective: To describe our individualized management protocol for women with an antenatal diagnosis of vasa previa (VP) and to report maternal and neonatal outcomes in patients managed according to our protocol. Methods: A retrospective study of prospectively collected data of antenatally diagnosed VP managed at our hospital between 2014 and 2021. Obstetric and neonatal outcomes were reviewed and analyzed. Results: Fourteen cases of antenatally diagnosed VP in 5150 total deliveries were analyzed (0.3%) Five cases (36%) of VP were diagnosed during the routine fetal morphological ultrasound screening, and nine cases (64%) were referred to our hospital due to perinatal complications. There were nine cases that required hospitalization (due to fetal growth restriction [FGR] [1], preterm labor [3], patients' request [5]). The other five were asymptomatic. Eight patients were delivered by scheduled cesarean section at around 36 weeks and only three neonates were admitted to NICU with transient tachypnea of newborn. However, six patients required CS before the scheduled dates because of other complications (preterm labor [3], abnormal cardiotocogram patterns [1], FGR [1] and twin pregnancy [1]). Four neonates born by CS before their scheduled dates were admitted to NICU. No cases required prolonged hospitalization and there were no serious neonatal complications. Conclusion: Individualized management may lead to favorable outcomes with VP. Outpatient management may be considered in patients without risk factors. However, maternal hospitalization and earlier scheduled CS should be considered in symptomatic patients or those at risk for preterm delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2680-2685
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 11-2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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