MedSciNet has developed and helped launch the online database for The UK Early Pregnancy Surveillance Service (UKEPSS) study of caesarean scar pregnancy. The study aims to conduct research into diagnosis of caesarean scar pregnancy as well as its incidence, symptoms and signs, risk factors, treatment, and outcomes.
Caesarean scar pregnancy is a condition 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. It is estimated to occur in 0.15% of women with a history of at least one caesarean delivery. The number of reported cases has increased over recent years, possibly reflecting the rising number of caesareans being performed and the more widespread use of transvaginal ultrasonography.
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 of 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 learn more, please visit the UKEPSS website at www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mds/projects/ukepss/.