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Seprafilm Slurry in the Prevention of Uterine Scarring in Patients Undergoing Hysteroscopic Myomectomy

Information source: Columbia University
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 20, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Intrauterine Adhesions

Intervention: Seprafilm (Device); Sterile Saline Solution (Device)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: Rogerio A. Lobo

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Rogerio A Lobo, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Columbia University

Overall contact:
Rogerio A Lobo, MD, Phone: 212-305-6337, Email: ral35@columbia.edu


Seprafilm is an FDA-approved temporary bioresorbable barrier that physically separates opposing tissue surfaces. The physical presence of the membrane separates adhesiogenic tissue while the normal tissue repair process takes place. When used in the abdominopelvic cavity, it has been shown to reduce the incidence of adhesions. The intrauterine cavity is a potential space where the walls of the uterus are collapsed upon itself in the normal state. It has been demonstrated that the trauma of removing a submucosal fibroid with electrocautery exposes the uterus to great potential for intrauterine adhesions since the raw charred surface is directly opposed to the opposite endometrial surface. Previous studies have shown that the placement of hyaluronic acid in the intrauterine cavity after a myomectomy is not only safe, but also decreases the incidence of intrauterine adhesions. The investigators hypothesize that by placing a slurry of Seprafilm in the intrauterine cavity and creating a temporary physical barrier between the walls of the uterus, that they will be able to prevent iatrogenic intrauterine adhesions. Given that approximately 24 to 48 hours after placement, the membrane becomes a hydrated gel that is slowly resorbed within one week, the investigators anticipate that the patient will have minimal to no discomfort; since no physical device is being left in the endometrial cavity, the uterus will not be contracting more than it does in its normal postoperative state.

Clinical Details

Official title: The Role of Seprafilm Bioresorbable Slurry in the Prevention of Intrauterine Synechiae in Patients Undergoing Hysteroscopic Myomectomy

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Prevention

Primary outcome: Presence of iatrogenic intrauterine adhesions

Secondary outcome: Pregnancy within 12 months of treatment

Detailed description: The investigators will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) involving patients at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The investigators will enroll 328 pre- menopausal patients (>18years) with documented submucosal myomas undergoing hysteroscopic myomectomy with monopolar resection in this study. The investigators anticipate that approximately 30% of the patients undergoing myomectomy will form intrauterine adhesions and that administration of the Seprafilm slurry will reduce the incidence to approximately 15%. Patients will be queried on post-operative days 1, 7, and 30 for pain/discomfort and the degree of intrauterine adhesions will be assessed after the patient's second menses (75-90 days post procedure).


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 48 Years. Gender(s): Female.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Reproductive aged women: Age 18-48 years old

- Non-pregnant

- Otherwise healthy

- Regular menstrual cycle

- Documented submucosal myomas (one or more)

- Undergoing hysteroscopic myomectomy

- Patients must have signed an informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Age < 18 or in menopause

- Undergoing a second uterine surgical procedure

- Other significant uterine pathology (including but not limited to adhesions, septae,

or cancerous lesions)

- Hysteroscopic evidence of synechiae at the time of the procedure

- Surgeries complicated by excessive bleeding; defined by estimated blood loss > 100cc

given that the presence of excessive bleeding may predispose a patient to the formation of intrauterine adhesions

- Surgeries complicated by uterine perforation

- Surgeries complicated by postoperative intrauterine infection given that infection

may predispose a patient to the formation of intrauterine adhesions (If these patients received Seprafilm Slurry, they will continue to be followed for safety monitoring)

Locations and Contacts

Rogerio A Lobo, MD, Phone: 212-305-6337, Email: ral35@columbia.edu

Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York 10032, United States; Recruiting
Luz Sanabria, BA, Phone: 212-305-9672, Email: ls2328@columbia.edu
Rogerio A Lobo, MD, Principal Investigator
Lisa Grossman, MD, Sub-Investigator

Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10021, United States; Recruiting
Glenn Schattman, MD, Phone: 646-962-3836, Email: glschattman@med.cornell.edu
Brian Levine, MD, Phone: (646) 962-3327, Email: mailto:bal9016@med.cornell.edu
Glenn Schattman, MD, Principal Investigator
Brian Levine, MD, Sub-Investigator

Additional Information

Starting date: May 2012
Last updated: July 29, 2013

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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