Inflammation and Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis Near Term
Recruitment status was: Recruiting
Most studies demonstrate that untreated bacterial vaginosis increases the rate of preterm birth. Despite this, there is no evidence that screening and treatment of asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis nor interpregnancy treatment of endometritis decreases the subsequent rate of preterm birth. However, treatment of symptomatic bacterial vaginosis has been associated with a modest reduction in subsequent preterm birth. Potential mechanisms for this reduction include a decrease in peripheral maternal pro-inflammatory activation of the TH1 inflammatory cascade with treatment, however this direct pathway has not been elucidated. The approved treatment for bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy consists of Metronidazole 500mg BID for 7 days. A more complete understanding of the effect of Metronidazole on maternal inflammation would be useful in designing strategies to reduce the rates of preterm birth.
This study proposes to determine the effect of standard treatment of BV carriage on maternal serum markers of inflammation. This will be accomplished by giving patients with asymptomatic BV either the standard treatment of metronidazole or a placebo for 7 days. Blood will be drawn to compare levels of Interleukins 1 and 6 as well as Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Inflammation and Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis Near Term|
- Levels of Interleukins 1 and 6 as well as Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha [ Time Frame: 3-5 days after start of treatment ]
|Study Start Date:||February 2006|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2009|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: Metronidazole
Subjects who are randomly assigned to receive metronidazole 500 mg po for a period of 7 days following diagnosis of asymptomatic BV.
Patients who are randomly assigned to receive Metronidazole will receive 500 mg po bid Metronidazole for 7 days
Other Name: Flagyl, CAS# 443-48-1
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Subjects who are randomly assigned to receive a placebo for a period of 7 days following the diagnosis of asymptomatic BV.
Patients who are randomly assigned to receive a placebo will receive a placebo pill po bid for 7 days.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00720291
|United States, South Carolina|
|Medical University of South Carolina|
|Charleston, South Carolina, United States, 29425|
|Principal Investigator:||Heather Norton, MD||Medical University of South Carolina|