Obstetrics Book


Membrane Stripping

Aka: Membrane Stripping, Cervical Membrane Sweeping
  1. Indications
    1. Cervical Ripening
  2. Contraindications
    1. Placenta Previa
  3. Efficacy
    1. Stimulates Prostaglandin release
    2. Useful as adjunct in Labor Induction
      1. Allows for lower overall Oxytocin dose
      2. Foong (2000) Obstet Gynecol 96:539-42 [PubMed]
    3. Sweeping membranes after 38 weeks gestation prevents late term pregnancy and induction
      1. Number Needed to Treat to prevent one induction: 8
      2. Associated with Relative Risk of pregnancy beyond 41 weeks: 0.59
      3. Associated with Relative Risk of pregnancy beyond 42 weeks: 0.28
  4. Adverse effects
    1. Unintentional Rupture of Membranes
    2. Bleeding
    3. Infection
      1. Membrane Stripping appears safe even in mothers with positive GBS Culture
      2. Kabiri (2015) PLos One 10(12):e0145905 [PubMed]
  5. Technique
    1. Confirm no Placenta Previa on Ultrasound prior to performing Membrane Stripping
    2. Use sterile exam gloves
    3. Examining finger inserted into Cervix
    4. Finger moved in circular fashion inside endocervix
    5. Press against internal cervical os
    6. Separates membranes from lower uterine segment
  6. References
    1. Boulvain (2005) Cochrane Database Syst Rev (1): CD000451 [PubMed]
    2. Boulvain (1998) Br J Obstet Gynaecol 105:34-40 [PubMed]
    3. Wheeler (2022) Am Fam Physician 105(2): 177-86 [PubMed]

Sweeping of membrane (C0404329)

Definition (NCI) An intervention during labor and delivery, of gently sweeping the amniotic membrane to separate it from the attachment to the lower uterine segment.
Concepts Therapeutic or Preventive Procedure (T061)
SnomedCT 236960006, 61508002
English Sweeping of membrane, membranes stripped, membranes sweeping, stripping of membrane, membranes strip, membranes stripping, membrane stripped, membrane stripping, stripping membrane, Stripping of Membrane, Surgical induction of labor by stripping of membranes, Stripping of membrane, Surgical induction of labour by stripping of membranes, Sweeping of membrane (procedure)
Spanish inducción quirúrgica del trabajo de parto por ruptura de membranas, ruptura de membranas (procedimiento), ruptura de membranas
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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