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Sildenafil and Uteroplacental Perfusion

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified February 2011 by Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
Tehran University of Medical Sciences Identifier:
First received: January 13, 2010
Last updated: February 22, 2011
Last verified: February 2011
The purpose of this study is to determine whether sildenafil is effective and safe in the treatment of fetal growth restriction.

Condition Intervention Phase
Fetal Growth Retardation Drug: sildenafil Drug: placebo Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase 2 Study of Fetal Growth Retardation Treatment by Sildenafil

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Further study details as provided by Tehran University of Medical Sciences:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Uteroplacental Perfusion [ Time Frame: 2 hours after sildenafil ingestion ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • fetal growth [ Time Frame: after 6 months ]
  • umbilical artery blood gass assessment [ Time Frame: immediately after birth ]
  • effect on fetal well being [ Time Frame: 2 hours after sildenafil ]
    when BP score is<8 we repeat it after sildenafil ingestion

Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: June 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: sildenafil Drug: sildenafil
50 mg TDS orally until birth
Other Name: viagra
Placebo Comparator: Placebo control Drug: placebo
50mg tid
Other Name: placebo tid

Detailed Description:

Fetal growth retardation affects up to 8% of all pregnancies and has massive short term (increased fetal morbidity and mortality) and long-term (increased incidence of cardiovascular disorders in adulthood) health implications.

Doppler waveform analysis of these pregnancies suggests compromised uteroplacental circulation and placental hypoperfusion.

Our aim is to assess if sildenafil citrate could improve vasodilatation in FGR pregnancies.

Sildenafil citrate may offer a potential therapeutic strategy to improve uteroplacental perfusion in FGR.

Animal studies suggest that phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors, such as sildenafil citrate, may improve uterine blood flow .


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • FGR pregnancies in 24-37 weeks of GA

Exclusion Criteria:

  • vasodilator agents usage
  • history of cardiovascular morbidity specially of right heart side
  • drug or alcohol abusers
  • systolic BP more than 210 mm Hg or diastolic BP more than 120 mm Hg
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01107782

Contact: sayedeh afagh hosseini, M.D. +989188111670

Iran, Islamic Republic of
Tehran UMS Recruiting
Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Contact: sayedeh afagh hosseini, M.D.    +989188111670   
Principal Investigator: Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, MD.         
Principal Investigator: Sayedeh Afagh Hosseini, MD.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Study Chair: marzieh vahid dastjerdi, M.D. Iranian's ministery of health
Study Director: Sayedeh Afagh Hosseini, MD. resident of OB&GYN
  More Information

Responsible Party: Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, Tehran University of Medical Sciences Identifier: NCT01107782     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 87-821
Study First Received: January 13, 2010
Last Updated: February 22, 2011

Keywords provided by Tehran University of Medical Sciences:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fetal Growth Retardation
Fetal Diseases
Pregnancy Complications
Growth Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Sildenafil Citrate
Vasodilator Agents
Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors
Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Urological Agents processed this record on August 18, 2017