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A 22-year-old female asked:

Can women with cerclage get false positive fetal fibronectin test? if yes, why?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Neonatology 37 years experience
False positive: False-positive results can occur if a woman has recently had : 1) A pelvic exam. To reduce the risk of a false-positive result, it is important that a fetal fibronectin test be done before a manual pelvic exam. 2) Sexual intercourse. 3) Uterine contractions. 4) Bleeding from the vagina. Discuss this with your OB if you have questions

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A 50-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if positive result fetal fibronectin test?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carol Major
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Preterm labor; fFN: Fetal fibronectin can be described as the "glue" that attaches the membranes of the amniotic sac to the side wall of the uterus. If the "glue" starts to leak out giving you a positive test, then you are at greater risk to deliver prematurely. Your risk of early labor is higher since your test is positive. Treatment options include, bed rest, steroids and close observation.
Last updated Mar 29, 2015

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