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The UK NSC recommendation on Vasa praevia screening in pregnancy (currently under review)

 

This recommendation is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.

The review process began in Apr 2016 and is estimated to be completed by Jul 2017.

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
 
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Find general information about population health screening.

More about Vasa praevia

The umbilical cord inserts into the surface membranes of the placenta rather than directly into the placenta (velamentous cord insertion).

Vasa praevia is a rare but important health problem that occurs when the blood vessels from the placenta or umbilical cord block the birth canal and tear during delivery.

The condition is associated with a number of risk factors:

  • The umbilical cord inserts into the surface membranes of the placenta rather than directly into the placenta (velamentous cord insertion)
  • An unusual shaped placenta eg in two pieces with blood vessels running between (bilobed and succenturiate placenta)
  • Low-lying placenta or placenta praevia pregnancies resulting from in-vitro fertilisation
  • Multiple pregnancies

» Also see the UK NSC policy on placenta praevia

Stakeholders

The Harry Cunningham Trust
National Childbirth Trust
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Society and College of Radiographers
Vasa Praevia Raising Awareness

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon UK NSC Review on Vasa Praevia and Placenta Praevia (PDF document, 201KB, 19/12/13)

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