The UK Early Pregnancy Surveillance Service (UKEPSS) has announced that the first of its detailed studies into uncommon conditions in early pregnancy will focus on caesarean scar pregnancy. UKEPSS aims to conduct research into diagnosis of caesarean scar pregnancy, incidence, symptoms and signs, risk factors, treatment and outcomes.
Caesarean scar pregnancy is where a pregnancy is partially surrounded by myometrium (middle layer of the uterus wall) as well as fibrous tissue of the scar of a previous caesarean section. The condition is estimated to occur in 0.15% of women with a history of at least one caesarean delivery. In addition, the number of reported cases of the condition has increased over recent years, possibly reflecting the rising number of caesareans being performed and the more widespread use of transvaginal ultrasonography (“scanning”).
UKEPSS is a national network of health care professionals, researchers and patients engaged in studying uncommon but serious early pregnancy conditions and in finding the best ways to manage them. It is a joint initiative involving the Association of Early Pregnancy Units (UK), the Early Pregnancy Clinical Studies Group, the Miscarriage Association, and the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust and has been endorsed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
To find out more, please visit UKEPSS