ferning


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ferning

(ˈfɜːnɪŋ)
n
(Medicine) med (of cervical mucus) the formation of a fern-like pattern
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The presence of arborized crystals (ferning) in amniotic fluid is both sensitive (74%-100%) and specific (77%-100%) for diagnosing rupture of membranes in laboring women who report loss of fluid (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, multiple prospective cohort studies).
Gross contamination of amniotic fluid with blood or antiseptic solutions may decrease the diagnostic accuracy of ferning, whereas contamination with meconium doesn't (SOR: C, bench research).
A nonsystematic review of 11 prospective cohort studies (N=2804) reported that ferning was both sensitive and specific for the presence of amniotic fluid in laboring women who reported fluid loss.
A prospective cohort study evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of ferning among women reporting fluid loss who were in labor compared with women who weren't in labor.