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UK NSC consults on vasa praevia screening review

20 March, 2017
UK NSC

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) has started a national consultation on screening for vasa praevia in the second trimester of pregnancy.

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

It has been suggested that screening of all women for vasa praevia could be useful in finding pregnancies at risk and preventing negative outcomes.

The UK National Screening Committee last looked at the evidence about vasa praevia in 2013. At that time, they decided that there was not enough evidence that screening every pregnancy for vasa praevia would be more helpful than harmful.

A new review of the evidence, published on the PHE screening website, looked at this evidence to decide whether the current recommendation should change.

The review found that there is still not enough evidence that screening every pregnancy for vasa praevia would be more helpful than harmful.

UK NSC is now inviting comments on the findings of the expert review.

If you have any comments which you would like to add as part of the SCoR response, please send them to NigelT@sor.org by 22 May 2017.

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