Sonographic finDings of morbidly adherent placenta in the first trimester

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Objectives-The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between firsttrimester sonographic finDings and morbidly adherent placenta at delivery. Methods-We conducted a retrospective review of all first-trimester sonographic examinations from pregnancies that underwent third-trimester sonography for placenta previa or low-lying placenta between September 1997 and October 2011. Only women with a prior cesarean delivery were included. Transabdominal and transvaginal images from these first-trimester studies were reviewed for the following sonographic parameters: distance from the inferior border of the gestational sac to the external cervical os, location of the decidua basalis, presence of anechoic areas, uterine-bladder interface irregularity, and smallest anterior myometrial thickness. Morbidly adherent placentation was confirmed on histologic examination of hysterectomy specimens. Statistical methods included univariate and multivariate analyses. Results-Thirty-nine patients met inclusion criteria, of whom 14 (36%) had confirmed placental invasion. The number of prior cesarean deliveries was significantly associated with placental invasion (P < .0001). The only first-trimester sonographic finDing associated with invasion was the smallest anterior myometrial thickness measured in the sagittal plane (P< .02). Multivariate analysis based on these two variables yielded an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.94 (95% confidence interval, 0.87-1.00) and significantly improved the prediction of placental invasion compared to using the number of prior cesarean deliveries alone. Conclusions-In women with persistent placenta previa or low-lying placenta and prior cesarean delivery, the smallest anterior myometrial thickness on first-trimester sonography significantly improved detection of morbidly adherent placenta.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • First trimester
  • Morbidly adherent placenta
  • Obstetric ultrasound
  • Sonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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