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Oral Progesterone and Low Dose Aspirin in the Prevention of Preeclampsia

This study has been terminated.
(inability to find qualifying participants)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
John Uckele, William Beaumont Hospitals Identifier:
First received: July 17, 2008
Last updated: January 16, 2013
Last verified: January 2013

Recent advances have shown that certain proteins may be present in a pregnant woman's blood very early in pregnancy which can predict who is at the highest risk for developing preeclampsia. These proteins can be measured and may be used to predict a woman's risk of developing preeclampsia.

Special placental cells called endovascular cytotrophoblasts are needed in the early formation of the placenta. These placental cells invade the maternal blood vessels in the formation of the maternal-placental blood interface. HLA-G is a protein produced by the placental cells and prevents these special cells from being rejected by the mother's immune system. Recent studies have indicated that the level of HLA-G is decreased in placentas from mothers with preeclampsia. Progesterone, a naturally occurring hormone produced in pregnancy, has been shown to increase the production of HLA-G in the placental cytotrophoblast cells.

In regards to the treatment of preeclampsia, studies have shown that low dose aspirin if given to mothers who have had severe early preeclampsia, lowers the risk for having preeclampsia again. This study aims to show that low dose aspirin combined with progesterone will decrease the risk of preeclampsia in pregnant women with a history of preeclampsia in a previous pregnancy. Data generated will determine levels and ratios of blood proteins that are predictive of preeclampsia at specific gestational ages.

Condition Intervention
Drug: Aspirin and progesterone
Drug: Aspirin and placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Oral Progesterone and Low Dose Aspirin in the Prevention of Preeclampsia in Patients With a Prior History of Preeclampsia: A Prospective, Randomized Clinical Trial

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Further study details as provided by William Beaumont Hospitals:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • reduction in the incidence of preeclampsia [ Time Frame: second and third trimester of pregnancy ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Delay in onset of preeclampsia [ Time Frame: second and third trimester of pregnancy ]

Enrollment: 3
Study Start Date: July 2008
Study Completion Date: March 2011
Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Aspirin and placebo
Drug: Aspirin and placebo
Aspirin 81mg once daily and placebo
Other Name: Baseline
Experimental: 2
Aspirin and progesterone
Drug: Aspirin and progesterone
aspirin 81 mg once a day oral progesterone 200mg twice daily
Other Name: Experimental


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • pregnant patients with a previous history of preeclampsia in the immediate preceding pregnancy.
  • 18 to 45 years of age will be included.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with chronic hypertension
  • children (age < 17 years)
  • Patients that are currently taking anti-psychotics or Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors
  • patients on medications which may be detrimental to the study interpretation will also be excluded at the principal investigator's discretion.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00719537

United States, Michigan
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States, 48073
Sponsors and Collaborators
John Uckele
Principal Investigator: John E Uckele, MD William Beaumont Hospitals
  More Information

Responsible Party: John Uckele, Medical Doctor, William Beaumont Hospitals Identifier: NCT00719537     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008-054
Study First Received: July 17, 2008
Last Updated: January 16, 2013

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypertension, Pregnancy-Induced
Pregnancy Complications
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Fibrinolytic Agents
Fibrin Modulating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors
Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists processed this record on March 22, 2017