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The role of aspirin in prevention of preeclampsia in twin pregnancies: Does the dose matter?

Kalafat, E; Shirazi, A; Thilaganathan, B; Khalil, A (2020) The role of aspirin in prevention of preeclampsia in twin pregnancies: Does the dose matter? Am J Obstet Gynecol. ISSN 1097-6868
SGUL Authors: Khalil, Asma

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OBJECTIVE: The aspirin use in twin pregnancies for prevention of preeclampsia is a controversial topic and the evidence on the required dose of aspirin is scarce. We aimed to assess the efficacy of 75mg/day versus 150mg/day aspirin for prevention of preeclampsia in twin pregnancies. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study of twin pregnancies managed at St. George's University Hospital between 2012 and 2019. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline published in 2010 has recommended low-dose aspirin to women at high risk of preeclampsia.1 Monochorionic and dichorionic twin pregnancies were included in the cohort. Pregnancies between 2010 and 2012 were excluded to ensure thorough implementation of national guideline. High-order multi-fetal gestations and pregnancies complicated by fetal anomalies were also excluded. Twin pregnancies with any of these risk factors (hypertension in a previous pregnancy, chronic hypertension, renal disease, autoimmune disorder, diabetes, nulliparity, maternal age >40 years, pregnancy interval >10years, body mass index >35kg/m2 or family history of preeclampsia) as per NICE guideline were started on aspirin1. The aspirin dose was changed from 75mg/day to 150mg/day after 2017, following reports of effective prevention of preeclampsia using aspirin 150mg/day.2-4 The main outcome was preeclampsia diagnosed according to International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy guideline.5 Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) included preeclampsia or gestational hypertension. RESULTS: There were 630 pregnancies in the cohort; 404 received aspirin (108 received 150mg/day and 296 received 75mg/day), while 226 did not. There were 28 (4.4%) cases of preeclampsia and 47 (7.5%) cases of HDP in the cohort. No significant differences in maternal age (P=0.510), nulliparity (P = 0.945), chorionicity (P=0.700) were observed between 75mg/day and 150mg/day aspirin groups. The incidence of preeclampsia was similar between aspirin 150mg/day and no aspirin groups (1.8% vs. 3.1%, P=0.510). However, there was a trend towards a significant decrease in preeclampsia in those receiving aspirin 150mg/day compared to 75mg/day (1.8% vs 6.4%, P=0.067). There were no statistically significant differences between aspirin 150mg/day and no aspirin groups regarding the incidence of HDP (1.8% vs 5.3%, P =0.140), but the incidence of HDP was significantly lower in aspirin 150mg/day group compared to 75mg/day (1.8% vs 11.1%, P =0.003) (Figure 1). The incidence of HDP was significantly higher in aspirin 75mg/day group compared to no aspirin (11.1%% vs 5.3%, P=0.018). We investigated the association of aspirin dose with HDP in a multivariable logistic regression model after adjusting for maternal age in years, chorionicity, and smoking during pregnancy. The reference group was the low-risk twin pregnancies who did not receive aspirin. The direction of the association changed from a significant increase in HDP (odds ratio: 2.01, 95% confidence interval: 1.03-4.18, P=0.048) to a non-significant decrease (odds ratio: 0.31, 95% confidence interval: 0.05-1.16, P =0.127) when the aspirin dose was increased from 75mg/day to 150mg/day. CONCLUSION: The incidence of hypertensive disorders in twin pregnancies with additional risk factors for preeclampsia was significantly lower in those receiving aspirin 150mg/day compared to 75mg/day.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Keywords: NICE guideline, first trimester, hypertension, risk factors, screening, Obstetrics & Reproductive Medicine, 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
SGUL Research Institute / Research Centre: Academic Structure > Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute (MCS)
Journal or Publication Title: Am J Obstet Gynecol
ISSN: 1097-6868
Language: eng
12 March 2020Published Online
2 March 2020Accepted
PubMed ID: 32173447
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