Cervical Ripening for Induction of Labor: Misoprostol Versus Oxytocin in Conjunction With Foley Balloon

2014-08-27 03:13:03 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to specifically investigate the efficacy of an alternative pharmacologic cervical ripening agent, misoprostol, versus the standard oxytocin, as an adjunct to Foley balloon for induction of the unfavorable cervix.


The design of this study is a randomized, controlled study with two arms. Both groups will undergo placement of a Foley catheter, through the external and internal os of the cervix, according to standard practice. In group A, receiving intravenous infusion of oxytocin, will serve as the control group as it is standard protocol at Aultman Hospital. Group B, intravaginal placement of misoprostol, will serve as the experimental group. The expected duration of participation begins at induction of labor and concludes at time of delivery.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Induction of Labor


Oxytocin, Misoprostol


Aultman Health Foundation
United States




Aultman Health Foundation

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:03-0400

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