Placental growth factor measurements in the assessment of women with suspected Preeclampsia: A stratified analysis of the PARROT trial

Kate E Duhig, Jenny E Myers, Chris Gale, Joanna C Girling, Kate Harding, Andrew Sharp, Nigel A B Simpson, Derek Tuffnell, Paul T Seed, Andrew H Shennan, Lucy C Chappell

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Objective: Placental growth factor testing decreases time to recognition of preeclampsia and may reduce severe maternal adverse outcomes. This analysis aims to describe the clinical phenotype of women by PlGF concentration, and to determine the mechanism(s) underpinning the reduction in severe maternal adverse outcomes in the PARROT trial, in order to inform how PlGF testing may be optimally used within clinical management algorithms. Study design: This was a planned secondary analysis from the PARROT trial that compared revealed PlGF testing and management guidance with usual care in the assessment of women with suspected preterm preeclampsia. Main outcome measures: Maternal and perinatal outcomes following stratification of women by trial group, and measured PlGF concentration. Results: 1006 women were included. PlGF < 100 pg/ml identified women with more marked hypertension, increased adverse maternal outcomes and preterm delivery rates, and higher rates of small for gestational age infants. There was a reduction in adverse maternal outcomes in women whose results were revealed when PlGF levels were 12–100 pg/ml compared to usual care (3.8% vs 6.9%; aOR 0.15(95% CI 0.03–0.92). There was no significant difference in gestation at delivery between concealed or revealed groups in any PlGF categories. Conclusion: Low PlGF concentrations are associated with severe preeclampsia. The reduction in severe adverse maternal outcomes may be mediated through quicker diagnosis and intensive surveillance, as recommended by the management algorithm for those at increased risk. PlGF is particularly beneficial in those who test 12–100 pg/ml, as these may be women with silent multi-organ disease who otherwise may go undetected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalPregnancy Hypertension
Early online date18 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • Diagnostic testing
  • Hypertension in pregnancy
  • PlGF
  • Preeclampsia


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