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Antepartum Betamethasone Treatment for Prevention of Respiratory Distress in Infants Born by Elective Cesarean Section

This study has been terminated.
(Slow enrollment and lack of funds.)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: August 31, 2005
Last Update Posted: November 27, 2013
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lucky Jain, Emory University

This is a randomized, multicenter, double blind, placebo controlled trial of betamethasone versus a placebo given prior to the mothers at term and near term gestation (>34 and <40 weeks of gestation) who are scheduled to undergo a planned Cesarean section. The study design is to determine the efficacy and safety of betamethasone in the prevention of breathing problems commonly seen in this population.

In infants born by elective Cesarean section, it is hypothesized that antenatal betamethasone treatment will reduce the risk of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admission from 11% to 8% and/or oxygen therapy +/- positive pressure ventilation (PPV) for >30 minutes from 4.5% to 2.5%.

Condition Intervention Phase
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn Drug: Betamethasone Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Randomized Controlled Trial of Antepartum Betamethasone Treatment for Prevention of Respiratory Distress in Infants Born by Elective Cesarean Section

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Further study details as provided by Lucky Jain, Emory University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary outcome to be studied is the need for NICU admission and/or oxygen therapy or PPV for >30 minutes. [ Time Frame: 24 hours ]
    Respiratory distress in the first 24 hours after birth.

Enrollment: 67
Study Start Date: August 2005
Study Completion Date: September 2007
Primary Completion Date: April 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Betamethasone
Betamethasone injection
Drug: Betamethasone
Betamethasone injection
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo injection
Drug: Betamethasone
Betamethasone injection

Detailed Description:

The purpose of this pilot study is to determine if antepartum betamethasone given to mothers undergoing elective cesarean section (ECS) delivery at term or near term gestation (>34 and < 40 weeks of gestation) is safe and feasible in reducing neonatal respiratory morbidity and the related admissions to neonatal intensive care units (NICU).

The data from this pilot study will be used to support a NIH application for a multicenter randomized trial to determine, if compared to placebo treatment, antenatal betamethasone initiated 2-7 days prior to an ECS results in decreased occurrence of respiratory morbidity and NICU admissions in the newborn.

The multicenter protocol was recently reviewed by the NICHD network for clinical trial. The reviewers were enthusiastic about the scientific merit and public health importance of the study but asked for a pilot study to determine feasibility before launching the national trial. Given the rise in the rate of CS deliveries, we project substantial health cost savings from this preventive strategy if it were found to be successful in reducing neonatal morbidity.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant women >/= 34 weeks gestation scheduled to undergo operative delivery within 48-72 hours after study enrollment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known contraindication to the use of betamethasone in the mother
  • Known lethal or non-lethal congenital anomaly diagnosed antenatally
  • Spontaneous labor
  • Premature rupture of membranes
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00139256

United States, Georgia
Emory University affiliated newborn intensive care units
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
Principal Investigator: Lucky Jain, M.D. Emory University Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
  More Information

Responsible Party: Lucky Jain, Principal Investigator, Emory University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00139256     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0894-2003
First Submitted: August 29, 2005
First Posted: August 31, 2005
Last Update Posted: November 27, 2013
Last Verified: November 2013

Keywords provided by Lucky Jain, Emory University:
Antepartum Betamethasone Treatment
Elective Cesarean Section
Respiratory Distress in Infants

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiration Disorders
Infant, Premature, Diseases
Infant, Newborn, Diseases
Betamethasone benzoate
Betamethasone Valerate
Betamethasone sodium phosphate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Respiratory System Agents