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Aggiornamento Spinal Endometriosis

del 26-02-2013

Neurochem Res. 2012 Oct;37(10):2190-7. doi: 10.1007/s11064-012-0842-x. Epub 2012 Jul 26.

Leuprolide acetate, a GnRH agonist, improves experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis: a possible therapy for multiple sclerosis.

Guzmán-Soto I, Salinas E, Hernández-Jasso I, Quintanar JL.


Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Centro de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Av. Universidad 940, C.P. 20131 Aguascalientes, Mexico.


Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a well known hypothalamic neuropeptide, has been reported to possess neurotrophic properties. Leuprolide acetate, a synthetic analogue of GnRH is considered to be a very safe and tolerable drug and it has been used for diverse clinical applications, including the treatment of prostate cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, central precocious puberty and in vitro fertilization techniques. The present study was designed to determine whether Leuprolide acetate administration, exerts neurotrophic effects on clinical signs, body weight gain, neurofilaments (NFs) and myelin basic protein (MBP) expression, axonal morphometry and cell infiltration in spinal cord of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) rats. In this work, we have found that Leuprolide acetate treatment decreases the severity of clinical signs of locomotion, induces a significantly greater body weight gain, increases the MBP and NFs expression, axonal area and cell infiltration in EAE animals. These results suggest the use of this agonist as a potential therapeutic approach for multiple sclerosis.

J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2012 May-Jun;19(3):396-400. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2012.02.001.

Sacral nerve infiltrative endometriosis presenting as perimenstrual right-sided sciatica and bladder atonia: case report and description of surgical technique.

Lemos N, Kamergorodsky G, Ploger C, Castro R, Schor E, Girão M.


Department of Gynecology, Pelvic Neurodysfunction Clinic, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. nucelio@gmail.com


Endometriosis infiltrating the sacral nerve roots is a rarely reported manifestation of the disease. The objectives of this article are to report such a case and to describe the surgical technique for laparoscopic decompression of sacral nerve roots and treatment of endometriosis at this site. The patient as a 38-year-old woman who had undergone 2 previous laparoscopic procedures for electrocoagulation of peritoneal endometriosis and self-reported perimenstrual right-sided sciatica and urinary retention. Clinical examination revealed allodynia (pain from a stimulus that does not normally cause pain) on the S2 to S4 dermatomes and hypoesthesia on part of the S3 dermatome. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an endometriotic nodule infiltrating the anterior rectal wall. Laparoscopic exploration of the sacral nerve roots demonstrated vascular compression of the lumbosacral trunk and endometriosis entrapping the S2 to S4 sacral nerve roots, with an endometrioma inside S3. The endometriosis was removed from the sacral nerve roots and detached from the sacral bone, and a nodulectomy of the anterior rectal wall was performed. Normal urinary function was restored on postoperative day 2, and pain resolved after a period of post-decompression. Intrapelvic causes of entrapment of sacral nerve roots are rarely described in the current literature, either because of misdiagnosis or actual rareness of the condition. Recognition of the clinical markers for these lesions may lead to an increase in diagnosis and specific treatment.

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