Pregnancy outcome following maternal exposure to statins: a multicentre prospective study

Marco De Santis, U. Winterfeld, A. Allignol, A. Panchaud, L. E. Rothuizen, P. Merlob, B. Cuppers-Maarschalkerweerd, T. Vial, S. Stephens, M. Clementi, A. Pistelli, M. Berlin, G. Eleftheriou, E. Maňáková, T. Buclin

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OBJECTIVE: This contribution addresses the risk associated with exposure to statins during pregnancy. DESIGN: Multicentre observational prospective controlled study. SETTING: European Network of Teratology Information Services. POPULATION: Pregnant women who contacted one of 11 participating centres, seeking advice about exposure to statins during pregnancy, or to agents known to be nonteratogenic. METHODS: Pregnancies exposed during first trimester to statins were followed up prospectively, and their outcomes were compared with a matched control group. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Rates of major birth defects, live births, miscarriages, elective terminations, preterm deliveries and gestational age and birthweight at delivery. RESULTS: We collected observations from 249 exposed pregnancies and 249 controls. The difference in the rate of major birth defects between the statin-exposed and the control groups was small and statistically nonsignificant (4.1% versus 2.7% odds ratio [OR] 1.5; 95% confidence interval [95% CI] 0.5-4.5, P = 0.43). In an adjusted Cox model, the difference between miscarriage rates was also small and not significant (hazard ratio 1.36, 95% CI 0.63-2.93, P = 0.43). Premature birth was more frequent in exposed pregnancies (16.1% versus 8.5%; OR 2.1, 95% CI 1.1-3.8, P = 0.019). Nonetheless, median gestational age at birth (39 weeks, interquartile range [IQR] 37-40 versus 39 weeks, IQR 38-40, P = 0.27) and birth weight (3280 g, IQR 2835-3590 versus 3250 g, IQR 2880-3630, P = 0.95) did not differ between exposed and non-exposed pregnancies. CONCLUSIONS: This study did not detect a teratogenic effect of statins. Its statistical power remains insufficient to challenge current recommendations of treatment discontinuation during pregnancy.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)463-471
Numero di pagine9
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013


  • Abnormalities, Drug-Induced
  • Abortion, Induced
  • Abortion, Spontaneous
  • Adult
  • Birth Rate
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases
  • Maternal Age
  • Maternal Exposure
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Pregnancy Trimester, First
  • Premature Birth
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Teratogens


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