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Uterine Transplantation for the Treatment of Uterine Factor Infertility

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified March 2017 by The Cleveland Clinic
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First received: October 8, 2015
Last updated: March 13, 2017
Last verified: March 2017

This feasibility study aims to enroll ten subjects who will undergo deceased donor uterine transplantation at Cleveland Clinic. We estimate that fifty to one hundred patients with uterine factor infertility will need to be screened to identify 10 appropriate subjects.

There are seven phases involved in this study: Primary and Secondary Screening, Medical Evaluation, IVF, Transplantation, Embryo Transfer, Pregnancy/Delivery and Follow up

Condition Intervention
Primary Uterine Infertility
Procedure: Uterus Transplant

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Uterine Transplantation for the Treatment of Uterine Factor Infertility

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Further study details as provided by The Cleveland Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of successful live births after uterus transplant and IVF [ Time Frame: 2 years after transplantation ]
    Full term birth by cesarian section after IVF followed by uterus transplant

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • rate of pregnancy complications after IVF and uterus transplant [ Time Frame: 9 months after successful implantation of embryo ]

    The following complications will be monitored:

    1. Hypertension
    2. pre-eclampsia
    3. intrauterine growth restriction
    4. premature rupture of membranes
    5. preterm delivery
    6. intrauterine fetal demise

  • rate of neonatal complications [ Time Frame: birth by cesarian section to discharge from hospital ]

    The following neonatal complications will be monitored:

    1. birth defects
    2. perinatal infections
    3. low birth weight
    4. neonatal death
    5. neonatal intensive care unit admissions

Estimated Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: October 2015
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2021
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2020 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Uterus Transplantation
Women will undergo deceased donor uterine transplantation after IVF.
Procedure: Uterus Transplant
transplant of a deceased donor uterus.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Must meet criteria for uterine factor infertility

    1. Prior hysterectomy
    2. Congenital absence or malformation of the uterus preventing pregnancy c, Infertility due to uterine damage from prior injury or infection
  2. Must be between the ages of 21-45 and the embryos must have been produced between the age of 21-39. (age at the time the embryos are produced, not current age)
  3. Must be willing to undergo a psychiatric and social work pre-transplant evaluation
  4. Must be willing to undergo general anesthesia, in vitro fertilization, major gynecologic surgery, pregnancy with potential high risk complications, cesarean delivery and eventual hysterectomy to remove the graft
  5. Must be willing and able to receive potent immunosuppressive medications and must be able to follow standard infection prophylaxis protocols
  6. Must be willing to receive standard vaccinations such as influenza, pneumococcus, human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B
  7. Must be willing and able to sign informed consent and follow all outlined procedures and recommendations in the protocol

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. History of hypertension, diabetes, or significant heart, liver, kidney or central nervous system disease
  2. Any medical diagnosis placing the subject at high risk of surgical complications based on the transplant team's review of medical history.
  3. Current smoker (smoking cessation must have occurred 3 months prior to enrollment)
  4. History of prior malignancy except for cervical cancer in stage 1a or 1b after 3 years.
  5. Human immunodeficiency virus, mycobacteria, hepatitis B (Hepatitis risk is for those with hepatitis B (HB) surface and/or core antigen and/or hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA positive. Thos that are HB core antibody positive are at minimal risk and everyone else is not at risk), or hepatitis C.
  6. Presence of active documented systemic infection or recent systemic infection within the past three months
  7. Chemical and/or alcohol dependency or abuse
  8. Presence of low lying pelvic kidney(s). Pelvic and horse shoe kidneys are common in the Rokitansky syndrome, and occur with a frequency as high as 30-40%. These abnormalities are usually known to subjects as part of their Mullerian agenesis diagnosis. If the patient is unsure about the status of their kidneys, the performance of a renal ultrasound is considered standard of care. These patients need to be informed of any kidney abnormalities, as they are frequently associated with kidney stones or obstructive kidney disease.
  9. BMI greater than 30 kg/m2
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02573415

Contact: Chris Roddy 954-659-5770
Contact: Deborah Sears 954-659-5133

United States, Florida
Cleveland Clinic Florida Recruiting
Weston, Florida, United States, 33331
Contact: Andreas Tzakis, MD    954-659-5133   
Contact: Sears, Deborah Sears, RN    954-659-5133   
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Cleveland Clinic
Principal Investigator: Andreas Tzakis, MD Cleveland Clinic Florida
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Responsible Party: The Cleveland Clinic Identifier: NCT02573415     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FLA 14-085
Study First Received: October 8, 2015
Last Updated: March 13, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Diseases, Female processed this record on April 27, 2017