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Feasibility, Reliability, and Agreement of Transperineal Ultrasound Measurement: Results from a Longitudinal Cohort Study

Authors
  • Kwan, Angel H.W.
  • Chaemsaithong, Piya
  • Tse, Wing Ting
  • Appiah, Kubi
  • Chong, Ka Chun
  • Leung, Tak Yeung
  • Poon, Liona C.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Jul 07, 2020
Volume
47
Issue
10
Pages
721–730
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000507549
PMID: 32634805
Source
Karger
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Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the feasibility, reliability, and agreement of serial transperineal ultrasound (TPU) assessment of fetal head station (parasagittal angle of progression [psAOP], head-perineum distance [HPD], and head-symphysis distance [HSD]) and sonographic cervical dilatation (SCD), compared to fetal head station and cervical dilatation determined by vaginal examination, respectively. Methods: This was a prospective longitudinal study in singleton pregnancies undergoing induction of labor at term. Paired assessment of fetal head station and cervical dilatation by vaginal examination, with TPU assessment of psAOP, HPD, HSD, and SCD was made serially. Feasibility, correlation, reliability, and agreement were determined. Results: 1,139 paired measurements among 326 women were included. psAOP and HPD were achievable in all assessments. HSD was not achievable in 3.4% (11/326) due to high fetal head station. Fetal head station by vaginal examination was positively correlated with psAOP (rho = 0.70) but negatively correlated with HPD (rho = −0.57) and HSD (rho = −0.52). The feasibility to measure SCD reduced as cervical dilatation increased. Cervical dilatation and SCD were positively correlated (rho = 0.96) with strong agreement (concordant correlation coefficient = 0.925). Conclusions: Measurements of psAOP and HPD are feasible and correlate significantly with fetal head station by vaginal examination. Measurement of HSD is not feasible when fetal head station is high. Measurement of SCD is feasible, but it is more difficult in the advanced stage of labor. The correlation, reliability, and agreement between SCD and cervical dilatation by vaginal examination are high.

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