Pilot PARTUM Trial: Postpartum Aspirin to Reduce Thromboembolism Undue Morbidity
A Pilot Study Assessing the Feasibility of a Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating Aspirin in Postpartum Women at Risk of Developing Venous Thromboembolism
  • Phase

    Early Phase 1
  • Study Type

  • Status

  • Study Participants

The pilot PARTUM trial is a randomized, multicenter, placebo-controlled trial. Women who are at modest risk of VTE (as defined by the inclusion criteria) will be identified during pregnancy, labor and delivery and up to 48 hours postpartum. Eligible and consenting participants will be randomly assigned to one of two study arms: aspirin 81 mg daily or placebo daily for 6 weeks.
The purpose of the pilot PARTUM trial is to determine whether it is feasible to conduct a larger randomized controlled trial to determine whether low-dose aspirin is efficacious and safe at preventing postpartum venous thromboembolism (VTE) in women at increased risk of VTE, compared to placebo.

Given the large sample size needed to adequately power a large multicenter trial that assesses the efficacy of aspirin 81 mg versus placebo, the investigators first need to determine if it is possible to recruit enough women. If the pilot trial is successful and there are no major changes to the study design, then the secondary clinical outcomes collected in the pilot trial will be used in the analysis of the full multicenter trial.
Study Started
Oct 07
Primary Completion
Mar 31
Study Completion
Jun 30
Last Update
Dec 02

Drug Aspirin 81 mg

Aspirin 81 mg p.o. daily

  • Other names: acetylsalicylic acid, ASA

Drug Placebo

Placebo p.o. daily

Aspirin Active Comparator

Aspirin 81 mg daily for six weeks post-randomization (postpartum)

Placebo Placebo Comparator

Placebo daily for six weeks post-randomization (postpartum)


Inclusion Criteria: Study inclusion criteria includes one (or more) first order criterion or two (or more) second order criteria. A patient is still eligible if they have multiple criteria met, at the discretion of the local investigator.

ONE (or more) First Order Criteria:

Known inherited thrombophilia diagnosed prior to enrolment:

i) Heterozygous factor V Leiden, OR ii) Heterozygous prothrombin gene variant, OR iii) Protein C deficiency, OR iv) Protein S deficiency

Immobilization (90% of waking hours spent in bed) for ≥7 days anytime during the antepartum period

TWO (or more) Second Order Criteria:

Postpartum infection
Postpartum hemorrhage (>1000 mL of blood loss, regardless of delivery mode)
Pre-pregnancy BMI ≥30 kg/m2
Emergency or unplanned cesarean delivery
Smoking ≥5 cigarettes/day before pregnancy
Current pregnancy ending in stillbirth (pregnancy loss >20 weeks gestation)
Small-for-gestational-age infant (<3rd percentile adjusted for gestational age and sex).
Previous history of superficial vein thrombosis

Exclusion Criteria:

More than 48 hours since delivery
Received more than 2 doses of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) since delivery

Need for postpartum LMWH prophylaxis or systemic anticoagulation as judged by the local investigator. May include but is not limited to:

Documented history of provoked or unprovoked VTE
Mechanical heart valve(s)
Known antiphospholipid syndrome
Known high-risk inherited thrombophilia i) Antithrombin deficiency; ii) Homozygous factor V Leiden; iii) Homozygous prothrombin gene mutation; iv) Compound heterozygosity factor V Leiden and prothrombin gene mutation; v) More than one inherited thrombophilia

Need for postpartum aspirin as judged by the local investigator. May include but is not limited to:

Documented history of myocardial infarction
Documented history of ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Contraindication to aspirin including:

History of known aspirin allergy
Documented history of a gastrointestinal ulcer
Known platelet count <50 x 109/L at any time during the current pregnancy or postpartum
Active bleeding at any site, excluding normal vaginal bleeding, at the time of randomization
Most recent known hemoglobin ≤70 g/L documented during the current pregnancy or postpartum
Known severe hypertension (SBP >200mm/hg and/or DBP >120mm/hg) during the current pregnancy or postpartum
<18 years of age
Unable or refused consent
No Results Posted