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Phase III Randomized Study of the Effect of Postmenopausal Estrogen Replacement Therapy on Alveolar Bone Loss

This study has been completed.
Washington University School of Medicine
Information provided by:
Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) Identifier:
First received: February 24, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: June 1999

OBJECTIVES: I. Quantify periodontal alveolar bone loss rates in postmenopausal women.

II. Evaluate the effects of estrogen on alveolar bone loss rates in these patients.

III. Determine whether changes in periodontal bone mass relate to bone mass changes in other skeletal sites in these patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: conjugated estrogens
Drug: Medroxyprogesterone
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: August 1993
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study. Patients are randomly assigned to receive placebo or conjugated estrogens and, if no prior hysterectomy, medroxyprogesterone. Patients also receive calcium supplementation therapy daily for 3 years.

Participants in the placebo group may be removed from study if bone loss exceeds 5% per year.

A study duration of 3 years is anticipated.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Women postmenopausal for at least 2 years
  • At least 10 teeth for which radiographic measurements can be obtained, i.e.: Not severely tilted Not so closely spaced that interproximal bone is thin Not in positions of restricted access
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004650

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Washington University School of Medicine
Study Chair: Charles F. Hildebolt Washington University School of Medicine
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00004650     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/11726  WUSM-900449 
Study First Received: February 24, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):
disease-related problem/condition
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Estrogens, Conjugated (USP)
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Contraceptives, Oral, Synthetic
Contraceptives, Oral
Contraceptive Agents, Female
Contraceptive Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Contraceptive Agents, Male
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
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