When the placenta is not pushed out of the vagina after delivery – known as retained placenta – this can cause heavy bleeding. At the moment, nearly 11,000 women suffer from a retained placenta every year in the UK. The UK-wide GOT-IT trial wants to find a better way of treating women with this problem.
Currently, the only treatment is to remove the placenta in the operating theatre. This is invasive and traumatic for new mothers, as they are separated from their babies and placed under anaesthesia.
Research partly taking place in Tommy’s Edinburgh centre is looking at whether a substance called glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) could be used instead of surgery to treat women with a retained placenta.
Following a small pilot study, over 700 women are taking part in the main trial, which is now expanding to 27 centres across the UK.
Fiona Denison, Jane Norman, John Norrie, Gladys McPherson, Graham Scotland, Cynthia Clarkson, Mathilde Peace, Jane Brewin, Sheonagh Brook-SmithHide details
This study takes place in a Tommy's centre and is funded by the Health Technology Assessment BoardHide details