Colorectal Dis. 2009 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation in patients with endometriosis.

Meurs-Szojda MM, Mijatovic V, Felt-Bersma RJ, Hompes PG.

Endometriosis Centre VUmc: Dep. of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, VU University Medical Centre, P.O.Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract Aim: To evaluate how many patients with endometriosis had concomitant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and/or constipation according to the Rome III criteria. Furthermore, the value of an additional gastroenterological consultation with therapeutic advice was evaluated. Method: Patients with proven endometriosis were included in a prospective, single-centre study. A questionnaire was undertaken regarding IBS and chronic constipation. Patients who complied with Rome III criteria were referred to our gastroenterological outpatient clinic. Results: In total 101 patients where included. Endometriosis was diagnosed surgically in 97%, and visually in the vagina in 3%. Fifteen percent of them had additional IBS and 14% had functional constipation without IBS. Of the 22 patients finally presenting to the gastroenterologist, five had a significant stenotic rectosigmoid lesion and were treated surgically. The remaining 17 patients were treated conservatively. Defecation symptoms improved in 82% and pain was reduced in 53%. Conclusion: In patients with endometriosis, 30% also had IBS or constipation. Referral to a gastorenterologist resulted in improvement of defaecation in 86% and 64% had pain reduction.


Zhejiang Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2009 Sep;38(5):531-4.

Diagnosis and management of 57 cases with rectovaginal endometriosis.

[Article in Chinese]

Wang WX, Peng ZL.

Department of Obsterics and Gynecology, West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China.

OBJECTIVE: To study the diagnosis and therapy of the rectovaginal endometriosis. METHODS: Clinical data of 57 women with rectovaginal endometriosis admitted to the West China Second University Hospital of Sichuan University in last two years,were retrospectively reviewed. RESULT: The average age of patients was 40.1 years. The main clinical manifestations were dysmenorrheal, changes of menorrhea and digestive stimulation. The diameter of deep endometriosis nodules was between 1-6 cm, and 77% were found to have more than one nodules. Seven of these patients had positive results in transvaginal ultrasonography; 61%(11/18) patients had elevated CA125 levels. Thirteen patients were given preoperational medical treatment, but had no effect. All patients, except one accepted laparotomic therapy of complete excision of endometriosis nodules; 23 cases underwent drug therapy after operation. No patients had recurrence in recto-vaginal septum after complete excision; only one recurred in right ovary. Patients who failed to remove the total lesion showed improvement in pain. CONCLUSION: Diagnosis of the rectovaginal endometriosis is based on symptoms, vaginal and rectal examination, and auxiliary examination. Complete excision of endometriosis nodules is the main therapeutic method.


Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Oct 14. [Epub ahead of print]

Diagnostic accuracy and potential limitations of transvaginal sonography for bladder endometriosis.

Savelli L, Manuzzi L, Pollastri P, Mabrouk M, Seracchioli R, Venturoli S.

Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Unit, S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the accuracy and the potential limitations of transvaginal sonography (TVS) in the preoperative evaluation of women with clinically suspected bladder endometriosis and to describe the sonographic features of the pathological condition in cases in which it was confirmed. METHODS: In the period between 2001 and 2006, we operated on 490 patients with clinically/sonographically suspected endometriosis. In 41 cases, bladder endometriosis was diagnosed at surgery and confirmed at histopathological examination. All patients underwent TVS in a standardized manner not more than 1 month before surgery. Findings at preoperative TVS were described and compared with those at laparoscopy in order to evaluate the sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of TVS. RESULTS: Bladder endometriosis was correctly identified at TVS in 18/41 cases (43.9%) while 23/41 (56.1%) patients had a negative preoperative sonogram. The sensitivity, specificity and positive and negative predictive values of TVS for bladder endometriosis were 44% (18/41), 100% (449/449), 100% (18/18) and 95% (449/472), respectively, and the total accuracy was 95% (467/490). The detection rate was strongly related to mean lesion diameter as measured by the pathologist (mean +/- SD, 42.5 +/- 22.1 mm in the nodules detected vs. 28.9 +/- 14.8 mm in the nodules missed; P = 0.029) and to a history of previous surgery for endometriosis (70.6% vs. 25.0%; P = 0.005). At TVS, the nodule was hypoechogenic, its morphology was either elongated (‘comma-shaped’: 12/18, 66.7%) or spherical (6/18, 33.3%), and the site involved was the dome (11/18, 61.1%) or the base (7/18, 38.9%) of the bladder. Small anechogenic cystic areas within the nodule were seen in five of the 18 patients (27.8%) and a bright hyperechogenic rim was seen in 10 (55.6%). CONCLUSIONS: The detection rate of bladder endometriosis by TVS depends on the size of the endometriotic nodules, with detected nodules being larger than those that were missed. A history of previous surgery for endometriosis increases the likelihood of bladder endometriosis being detected on ultrasound examination. Copyright (c) 2009 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


J Med Case Reports. 2009 Jul 22;3:8387.

Cornual pregnancy as a complicaton of the use of a levonorgestrel intrauterine device: a case report.

Beltman J, de Groot C.

Medisch Centrum Haaglanden, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Lijnbaan 32, 2501 CK, The Hague The Netherlands.

INTRODUCTION: Complications of copper load intrauterine devices, including ectopic pregnancies are well reported. Rates of ectopic pregnancy are 0.6 to 1.1% per year. However, the levonorgestrel intrauterine device has been described as more protective against ectopic pregnancies due to the addition of the hormone levonorgestrel. The hormone released from the intrauterine device causes some systemic effects, but local effects such as glandular atrophy and stromal decidualization, in addition to foreign body reaction, are dominant. Few case reports have described ampullary ectopic pregnancies. However, we report, for the first time, a major complication of levonorgestrel intrauterine device: a cornual pregnancy. CASE PRESENTATION: A 36-year-old Caucasian nulliparous woman presented with complaints of progressive nausea, abdominal pain and irregular vaginal bleeding for 2 months. For 3 years, she had been using a levonorgestrel intrauterine device. A two-dimensional transvaginal sonogram noted a sac situated external to the endometrial cavity in the right cornua of the uterus with an empty uterus. She was successfully treated with chemotherapy. CONCLUSION: Many complications have been described, including ectopic pregnancies, using copper intrauterine devices. The levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system is a particularly good choice for adolescents because of associated non-contraceptive benefits such as decreased menstrual bleeding, dysmenorrhea and pain associated with endometriosis [1]. Yet a cornual pregnancy following the use of a levonorgestrel intrauterine device is a complication which, to our knowledge, has not been described before. Physicians prescribing this type of intrauterine device should be aware of this rare event.


Kyobu Geka. 2009 Oct;62(11):1015-8.

Catamenial pneumothorax with breast cancer treated successfully by goserelin acetate

[Article in Japanese]

Matsuura M, Fujiwara T, Kataoka K, Itoh M, Ohtani S, Higaki K, Senoo N.

Department of Thoracic Surgery, Hiroshima City Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan.

A 47-year-old woman with 4 episodes of right pneumothorax related to onset of menstruation was reported. A month ago, she was undergone breast conserving resection for breast cancer. She had recurrent right pneumothorax a month later and operation was performed. Thoracoscopy revealed the presence of multiple fenestrations in the right diaphragm. Thoracoscopic partial resection of the diaphragm was performed. Histopathological findings of the lesion showed spindle cells with hemosiderosis. Immunohistochemistry showed that spindle cells were estrogen receptor (ER) positive and progesterone receptor (PgR) positive, compatible with endometriosis. She was treated by tamoxifen and goserelin acetate for breast cancer and endometriosis. Two years later, gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) analogue was converted from goserelin acetate to leuprorelin acetate. She was diagnosed as having recurrence of right pneumothorax 17 months later and was treated with a chest tube. Additionally, GnRH analogue was re-converted to goserelin acetate. Since then, she has been asymptomatic free for 18 months. A catamenial pneumothorax is rare disease with difficulty of diagnosis and treatment We herein report a case of the disease that was treated successfully by goserelin acetate.


Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Summer;2(3):176-85.

Is surgical repair of the fallopian tubes ever appropriate?

Sotrel G.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Boston, MA.

The overall median prevalence of infertility, defined as no conception after more than 12 months of unprotected intercourse with the husband or cohabiting partner in women aged 15 to 44 years, is approximately 9%. About 25% to 33% of female infertility is the result of tubal disease and endometriosis. In view of very successful alternative treatment of tubal factor infertility, the surgical repair of the fallopian tubes is all but obsolete and has been replaced with assisted reproductive technology.

This article reviews situations in which surgical repair of the fallopian tubes may facilitate conception.


J Obstet Gynaecol. 2009 Nov;29(8):729-31.

Can high histological confirmation rates be achieved for pelvic endometriosis?

Stavroulis AI, Saridogan E, Benjamin E, Cutner AS.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Obstetric Hospital, The University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This paper aims to determine the correlation between the diagnosis of endometriosis on the basis of the visualisation at laparoscopy and the histological diagnosis. Histological confirmation rates vary in the current literature. We retrospectively reviewed 160 patients over 2 years, who had laparoscopy for pelvic pain or suspected endometriosis. Our results showed higher histological confirmation rate compared with other studies. In addition, the use of CD10 IHC may increase detection rates further when the diagnosis is suspected but not confirmed by routine histology. Diagnosis of endometriosis is essential as it can influence patients’ management.


Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Oct 7;(4):CD001300.

Laparoscopic surgery for pelvic pain associated with endometriosis.

Jacobson TZ, Duffy JM, Barlow D, Koninckx PR, Garry R.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, South Auckland Clinical School, Middlemore Hospital, Private Bag 93311, Auckland, New Zealand.

BACKGROUND: Endometriosis is the presence of endometrial glands or stroma in sites other than the uterine cavity. It is variable in both its surgical appearance and clinical manifestation often with poor correlation between the two. Surgical treatment of endometriosis aims to remove visible areas of endometriosis and restore anatomy by division of adhesions and relieve painful symptoms. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of laparoscopic surgery in the treatment of pelvic pain associated with endometriosis. SEARCH STRATEGY: For the update in July 2009 we searched the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group’s specialised register of trials (searched July 2009), the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (The Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2009), MEDLINE (1966 July 2009), EMBASE (1980 July 2009), and reference lists of articles. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials were selected comparing the effectiveness of laparoscopic surgery used to treat pelvic pain associated with endometriosis, with other treatment modalities or diagnostic laparoscopy only. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Assessment of trial quality and extraction of relevant data was performed independently by two reviewers. MAIN RESULTS: Five studies were included in the meta-analysis, including three full papers and two conference reports. All the randomised controlled trials with the exception of Lalchandani 2003 compared different laparoscopic surgical techniques with diagnotic laparoscopy only. Lalchandani 2003 compared laparoscopic coagulation therapy with diagnostic laparoscopy and medical treatment. Three studies (Abbott 2004; Sutton 1994; Tutunaru 2006) reported the pain scores six months post operatively. Meta-analysis demonstrated an advantage of laparoscopic surgery when compared to diagnostic laparoscopy only (OR of 5.72 95%Cl 3.09 to 10.60 ; 171 participants, three trials, Analysis 1.1). A single study (Tutunaru 2006) reported pain scores twelve months after the procedure. Analysis demonstrated an advantage of laparoscopic surgery when compared to diagnostic laparoscopy only (OR of 7.72 95%Cl 2.97 to 20.06 ; 33 participants, one trial, Analysis 1.1). AUTHORS’ CONCLUSIONS: Laparoscopic surgery results in improved pain outcomes when compared to diagnostic laparoscopy alone. There were few women diagnosed with severe endometriosis included in the meta-analysis and therefore any conclusions from this meta-analysis regarding treatment of severe endometriosis should be made with caution. It is not possible to draw conclusions from the meta-analysis which specific laparoscopic surgical intervention is most effective.


J Huazhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci. 2009 Oct;29(5):637-41. Epub 2009 Oct 11.

Elevated vascular endothelia growth factor-A in the serum and peritoneal fluid of patients with endometriosis.

Wang H, Gorpudolo N, Li Y, Feng D, Wang Z, Zhang Y.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430022, China,

There has been emergence of evidence suggesting that specific variants of the vascular endothelia growth factor (VEGF) family, based on their ability to regulate angiogenesis, would be pivotal in the pathogenesis of endometriosis. This study was aimed at determining whether high levels of VEGF-A could be found in the serum and peritoneal fluid (PF) of patients with endometriosis. VEGF-A levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in serum and PF from 46 patients with surgically confirmed endometriosis, and 40 controls with no clinical evidence of the disease or detectable endometriotic lesions at the time of surgical examination. The results showed the mean VEGF-A levels were significantly higher in the serum and PF of patients with endometriosis than in the controls. The VEGF-A levels in the serum and PF of patients with severe endometriosis (stages III-IV) were significantly higher than in those with minimal endometriosis (P<0.001). It was concluded that endometriosis was associated with significant modulation in the levels of circulating VEGF-A.


Hum Reprod. 2009 Oct 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Norethisterone acetate in the treatment of colorectal endometriosis: a pilot study.

Ferrero S, Camerini G, Ragni N, Venturini PL, Biscaldi E, Remorgida V.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, San Martino Hospital and University of Genoa, Largo R. Benzi 1, 16132 Genoa, Italy.

BACKGROUND This pilot study evaluates the efficacy of norethisterone acetate in treating pain and gastrointestinal symptoms of women with colorectal endometriosis. METHODS This prospective study included 40 women with colorectal endometriosis, who had pain and gastrointestinal symptoms. Patients received norethisterone acetate (2.5 mg/day) for 12 months; in case of breakthrough bleeding, the dose of norethisterone acetate was increased by 2.5 mg/day. The degree of patient satisfaction with treatment (primary end-point) and the changes in symptoms (secondary end-point) were evaluated. Side effects of treatment were recorded. RESULTS Norethisterone acetate determined a significant improvement in the intensity of chronic pelvic pain, deep dyspareunia, dyschezia. Treatment determined the disappearance of symptoms related to the menstrual cycle (dysmenorrhea, constipation during the menstrual cycle, diarrhoea during the menstrual cycle and cyclical rectal bleeding). The severity of diarrhoea, intestinal cramping and passage of mucus significantly improved during treatment. On the contrary, the administration of norethisterone acetate did not determine a significant effect on constipation, abdominal bloating and feeling of incomplete evacuation after bowel movements. At the completion of treatment, 57% of the patients with diarrhoea or diarrhoea during the menstrual cycle continued the treatment with norethisterone acetate compared with 17% of the patients with constipation or constipation during the menstrual cycle. CONCLUSIONS In some patients with bowel endometriosis, the administration of norethisterone acetate may determine a relief of pain and gastrointestinal symptoms. This therapy has greater benefits in patients with gastrointestinal symptoms related to the menstrual cycle, diarrhoea and intestinal cramping.


Gynecol Obstet Fertil. 2009 Oct 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Ovarian gonadotropic inhibition and endometriosis. About fighting false dogmas…

[Article in French]

Belaisch J.

36, rue de Tocqueville, 75017 Paris, France.

Ovarian gonadotropic inhibition is today an efficacious tool in the treatment of endometriosis mainly when associated with surgery and sometimes by itself. However, to be useful, this inhibition must be stable – without any cyclical looseness – of long duration, sometimes during years and sufficiently powerful. Depending on the severity of symptoms and that of the disease, the choice will be among GnRH agonists, gestagens and combined OCs. The recent development of continuous oral contraception with protracted amenorrhoea makes treatment by continuous hormonal administration easier for the patients with endometriosis.


Pain. 2009 Oct 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Endometriosis-induced vaginal hyperalgesia in the rat: Role of the ectopic growths and their innervation.

McAllister SL, McGinty KA, Resuehr D, Berkley KJ.

Program in Neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4301, USA.

Endometriosis is a painful disorder defined by extrauteral endometrial growths whose contribution to pain symptoms is poorly understood. Endometriosis is created in rats by autotransplanting on abdominal arteries pieces of either uterus (ENDO), which form cysts, or fat (shamENDO), which do not form cysts. ENDO, but not shamENDO induces vaginal hyperalgesia. We tested the hypothesis that the cysts are necessary to maintain vaginal hyperalgesia by assessing the effect of surgically removing them. Complete-cyst-removal eliminated ENDO-induced vaginal hyperalgesia up to 4months post-operatively. Sham-cyst-removal in ENDO rats, in which cysts were not removed, or partial cyst-removal increased the ENDO-induced hyperalgesia. The decreases and increases both took 3-6weeks to develop. Changes in ENDO-induced hyperalgesia did not occur in a control group of ENDO rats who had no surgery after ENDO. In a double-surgery control group, neither shamENDO surgery nor a subsequent sham surgery that mimicked “removal” of non-existent cysts influenced vaginal nociception. In a no-surgery control group, vaginal nociception remained stable for >6months. The increases in ENDO-induced hyperalgesia produced by the sham-cyst-removal surgery were smaller in proestrus than in other estrous stages. During the other stages (but not during proestrus), sympathetic innervation of the cysts increased. These results suggest that maintenance of ENDO-induced vaginal hyperalgesia requires continued presence of at least some ectopic endometrial tissue, and that surgical treatment that fails to remove ectopic endometrial tissue can exacerbate the hyperalgesia, possibly due in part to an increase in the cysts’ sympathetic innervation.


Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 Oct 9. [Epub ahead of print]

A dose-ranging study to determine the efficacy and safety of 1, 2, and 4mg of dienogest daily for endometriosis.

Köhler G, Faustmann TA, Gerlinger C, Seitz C, Mueck AO.

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany.

OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy and safety of dienogest at doses of 1, 2, and 4mg/day orally in the treatment of endometriosis. METHODS: An open-label, randomized, multicenter, 24-week comparative trial in women with histologically confirmed endometriosis. Efficacy was assessed by second-look laparoscopy and patient-reported symptoms. Statistical tests included chi(2) and Wilcoxon signed rank tests. RESULTS: Dienogest reduced mean revised American Fertility Society scores from 11.4 to 3.6 (n=29; P<0.001) in the 2-mg group and from 9.7 to 3.9 (n=35; P<0.001) in the 4-mg group. Dienogest at 2 and 4mg/day was associated with symptom improvements in substantial proportions of women. Both dienogest doses were generally well tolerated, with low rates of treatment discontinuation due to adverse events. The 1-mg dose arm was discontinued owing to insufficient bleeding control. CONCLUSION: Dienogest at 2mg once a day is recommended as the optimal dose in future studies of endometriosis.


Fertil Steril. 2009 Oct 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Oxidative stress status in normal ovarian cortex surrounding ovarian endometriosis.

Matsuzaki S, Schubert B.

CHU Clermont-Ferrand, Polyclinique-Hôtel-Dieu, Gynécologie Obstétrique et Médecine de la Reproduction, Clermont-Ferrand.

Expression levels of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine, a sensitive indicator of DNA damage resulting from oxidative stress, were significantly higher in samples of normal ovarian cortex surrounding endometriotic cysts when compared with ovarian cortex surrounding dermoid and serous ovarian cysts. These findings suggest that the normal ovarian cortex surrounding endometriotic tissues is more severely affected by oxidative stress than ovarian cortex adjacent to other benign ovarian cysts.


Fertil Steril. 2009 Oct 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Effect of aromatase inhibitors on ectopic endometrial growth and peritoneal environment in a mouse model of endometriosis.

Bilotas M, Meresman G, Stella I, Sueldo C, Barañao RI.

Instituto de Biología y Medicina Experimental (IBYME), CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of aromatase inhibitors on ectopic endometrial growth and on the release of proangiogenic and proinflammatory factors in peritoneal fluid (PF). DESIGN: Prospective experimental study. SETTING: Animal research and laboratory facility. ANIMAL(S): Female Balb/c mice 2 months of age. INTERVENTION(S): Mice had surgery performed to induce endometriosis-like lesions. Treatment with anastrozole or letrozole was started on either postoperative day 1 or 28 and continued for 4 weeks. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Endometriotic lesions were counted and measured and aromatase expression, cell proliferation, and apoptosis were assessed. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and prostaglandin E (PGE) levels were evaluated in the PF. RESULT(S): Endometriosis-like lesions express aromatase P-450. Treatment with either anastrozole or letrozole did not prevent lesion establishment; however, it significantly decreased the size of the endometriotic lesion. When treatment was initiated on postoperative day 1, letrozole and anastrozole decreased cell proliferation and increased apoptosis. When treatment was started on postoperative day 28, both aromatase inhibitors decreased cell proliferation, but only anastrozole augmented apoptosis levels. In addition, letrozole reduced VEGF and PGE levels in PF. Anastrozole diminished VEGF content but did not cause any significant change in PGE levels. CONCLUSION(S): These findings support the further investigation of aromatase inhibition as a treatment option for endometriosis.


Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2009 Oct 12;7(1):109. [Epub ahead of print]

Laparoscopic conservative management of ureteral endometriosis: a survey of eighty patients submitted to ureterolysis.

Camanni M, Bonino L, Delpiano EM, Berchialla P, Migliaretti G, Revelli A, Deltetto F.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: this study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of laparoscopic conservative management of ureteral endometriosis. Methods: Eighty cases of histologically confirmed endometriosis affecting the ureter, 10 of which with bladder involvement were prospectively studied. In detail, patients were 13 women with ureteral stenosis (7 with hydronephrosis), 32 with circular lesions totally encasing the ureter, and 35 with endometriotic foci on the ureteral wall, but not completely encasing it. They were submitted to laparoscopic ureterolysis with or without partial cystectomy, ureteroneocistostomy. The rate of surgical complications, the recurrence rate, the patients’ satisfaction rate was assessed during 22 months (median) follow-up. Results: Laparoscopic ureterolysis was employed for all patients and set free the ureter from the disease in 95 % of cases, whereas ureteroneocystostomy was necessary for 4 patients showing severe stenosis with hydronephrosis, among which 2 had intrinsic endometriosis of the ureteral muscularis. Three post-surgery ureteral fistulae occurred in cases with ureteral involvement longer than 4 cm: two cases were successfully treated placing double J catheter, the third needed ureteroneocistostomy. During follow-up, ureteral endometriosis recurred in 2 patients who consequently underwent ureteroneocystostomy. Most patients expressed high satisfaction rate throughout the whole follow-up period. Conclusions: laparoscopic ureterolysis is effective and well tolerated in most cases of ureteral endometriosis. Ureteroneocystostomy is a better strategy for patients with extended (more than 4 cm) ureteral involvement or with severe stenosis with or without hydronephrosis.


Sci Total Environ. 2009 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Urinary phthalate monoesters and endometriosis in infertile Japanese women.

Itoh H, Iwasaki M, Hanaoka T, Sasaki H, Tanaka T, Tsugane S.

Epidemiology and Prevention Division, Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening, National Cancer Center, 5-1-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan.

Phthalates may act as an estrogen and are a potential risk factor for estrogen-related diseases such as endometriosis. We assessed the association between phthalate exposure and endometriosis in 166 consecutive women who presented at a university hospital for consultation regarding infertility. The subjects were interviewed and provided a urine specimen prior to a laparoscopic diagnosis of endometriosis. They were then categorized by the severity of endometriosis as controls (stages 0-I) and cases (stages II-IV). Urinary concentrations of the phthalate metabolites monoethyl phthalate, mono-n-butyl phthalate, monobenzyl phthalate, mono(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP), mono(2-ethyl-5-oxohexyl) phthalate, and mono(2-ethyl-5-hydroxyhexyl) phthalate were measured in 57 cases and 80 controls using high-performance liquid chromatography isotope-dilution tandem mass spectrometry. Adjusted odds ratios for endometriosis in relation to dichotomized individual phthalate metabolites (standardized for creatinine) were calculated. No significant association between endometriosis and any urinary creatinine-adjusted phthalate monoester was seen. Adjusted odds ratio (95% confidence interval) for higher dichotomized MEHP by endometriosis was 1.57 (0.74-3.30). No monotonic trend was seen in urinary creatinine-adjusted concentration of phthalate metabolites by endometriosis stage (p=0.23-0.90). Our results do not support the hypothesis that higher urinary concentrations of phthalate metabolites are associated with the risk of endometriosis in infertile Japanese women.


Reprod Sci. 2009 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print]

Haptoglobin Expression in Endometrioid Adenocarcinoma of the Uterus.

Nabli H, Tuller E, Sharpe-Timms KL.

Objective: Elevated serum haptoglobin (Hp) concentrations have been reported in patients with malignant diseases. We have shown that Hp is produced by and localizes only in the stroma and not the epithelium of endometriotic lesions, which share many characteristics of carcinoma. Furthermore, Hp mRNA and protein are found exclusively in the stroma of eutopic endometrium from women with endometriosis and not those without endometriosis. We hypothesized that characteristic patterns of Hp gene expression and protein localization in endometrioid adenocarcinoma of the uterus may provide insight into the clinical utility of Hp as a tumor marker or alternative therapeutic approach. Methods: Biopsies of endometrioid adenocarcinoma tumors of the uterus and their adjacent nonaffected endometrium were collected. Normal endometrium was collected from healthy women. Haptoglobin messenger RNA (mRNA) levels were quantified by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (Q-PCR). Haptoglobin protein cell-specific localization was identified by immunohistochemistry. Results: Haptoglobin mRNA levels were significantly greater (P < .005) in endometrioid adenocarcinoma and adjacent nonaffected endometrial tissues than normal endometrium. No correlation was found between Hp levels and cancer stage (P = .673) or grade (P = .739). Haptoglobin protein localized in both stromal and glandular epithelial cells of endometrioid adenocarcinoma and their adjacent nonaffected tissue but not in control endometrium. Conclusions: Our results have identified, for the first time, unique patterns of Hp mRNA expression and protein localization in the stromal and glandular epithelial cells of endometrioid adenocarcinoma of the uterus. We propose that this unique pattern of endometrioid adenocarcinoma Hp expression may be developed as a novel diagnostic marker. Modulation of Hp, with its immunomodulatory and angiogenic properties, may generate novel methods of prevention or treatment for endometrial cancer.


Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2009 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print]

The impact of IVF procedures on endometriosis recurrence.

Benaglia L, Somigliana E, Vercellini P, Benedetti F, Iemmello R, Vighi V, Santi G, Ragni G.

Infertility Unit, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli and Regina Elena, Milan, Italy; Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.

OBJECTIVE: In infertile women with endometriosis requiring an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure, the potential risk of an IVF-related progression of the disease remains a matter of debate. Thus, since available data on this issue are scanty and controversial, an observational study has been herein conducted in order to clarify this issue. STUDY DESIGN: We recruited 233 women with endometriosis who underwent IVF cycles in our unit. Patients were contacted to assess whether they experienced recurrences of the disease after IVF. The main outcome was to evaluate the impact of the number of IVF cycles and the responsiveness to ovarian hyperstimulation on the likelihood of recurrence. Clinical characteristics of women who did and did not have a recurrence were compared. RESULTS: One hundred and eighty-nine women were included, 41 of whom (22%) had a diagnosis of endometriosis recurrence. The 36 months cumulative recurrence rate was 20%. The number of IVF cycles and the responsiveness to ovarian hyperstimulation were not associated with the risk of disease recurrence. The adjusted OR for recurrences according to the number of started cycles was 0.92 (95% CI: 0.77-1.10) per cycle (p=0.35). The adjusted OR for recurrences in women with intact versus compromised ovarian reserve was 0.80 (95% CI: 0.40-1.58) (p=0.52). CONCLUSIONS: IVF procedures do not seem to influence the likelihood of endometriosis recurrence.


Fertil Steril. 2009 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Malignant transformation of residual endometriosis after hysterectomy: a case series.

Karanjgaokar VC, Murphy DJ, Samra JS, Mann CH.

Department of Gynaeoncology, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

OBJECTIVE: To explore the role of long-standing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the malignant transformation of endometriosis. DESIGN: Short case series. Three cases of women with pelvic clearance receiving long-standing HRT studied in detail. SETTING: Teaching hospital in the United Kingdom (Gynaecological Cancer Centre) (Institutional Review Board approval was not obtained as it was not deemed necessary, this being a case series). PATIENT(S): Women with a history of pelvic clearance for endometriosis and longstanding HRT. INTERVENTION(S): HRT. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Malignant transformation of endometriosis. RESULT(S): Long-standing HRT in all three women with pelvic clearance for endometriosis resulted in malignant transformation of residual endometriosis many years after the initial surgery. All cases presented with a new pelvic lesion. CONCLUSION(S): The diagnosis of malignant transformation needs to be considered in women with a history of endometriosis and with long-term HRT use in whom a new pelvic lesion is detected. The risk of malignant transformation in women with endometriosis after pelvic clearance receiving HRT needs to be explored further. Surveillance with CA-125 and imaging in such cases to predict recurrence or malignant transformation needs to be studied further in a research setting.


Acta Cytol. 2009 Sep-Oct;53(5):587-90.

Peritoneal washing cytology of disseminated low grade endometrial stromal sarcoma: a case report.

Lim BJ, Choi SY, Kang DY, Suh KS.

Department of Pathology, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Chung-go, Daejeon, Korea.

BACKGROUND: Low grade endometrial stromal sarcoma (LESS) with dissemination is rare, and its cytomorphology has not been well described. Recently, we experienced a case of LESS with peritoneal dissemination that was confirmed by peritoneal washing cytology and histology. CASE: A 51-year-old woman was admitted for evaluation of vaginal bleeding. Uterine ultrasonography revealed a diffisely thickened endomyometrium with a vaguely circumscribed nodular mass-like lesion measuring 7.4 cm in the largest dimension. Under the impression of adenomyosis, an exploratory laparotomy was performed. On examination of the abdominal cavity, multiple tiny, grayish nodular excrescences firmly attached to the peritoneal wall and the serosal surface of the small bowel and uterus were noted. A total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and peritoneal fluid sampling were performed. The peritoneal fluid smear demonstrated several loosely packed clusters of monotonous cells showing round to oval nuclei, rare small nucleoli and scanty cytoplasm. CD10 immunostaining revealed cytoplasmic positivity in these cells, but reactive mesothelial cells showed a negative reaction. Histologic examination of the uterus revealed the typical histologic findings of LESS. CONCLUSION: Cytopathologic diagnosis of disseminated LESS is not always easy. Immunocytochemical staining for CD10 can be helpful.


Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Sep;48(3):232-8.

Adenomyosis and its variance: adenomyoma and female fertility.

Wang PH, Su WH, Sheu BC, Liu WM.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, National Yang-Ming University Hospital and National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.

Extensive adenomyosis (adenomyosis) or its variance, localized adenomyosis (adenomyoma) of the uterus, is often described as scattered, widely-distributed endometrial glands or stromal tissue found throughout the myometrium layer of the uterus. By definition, adenomyosis consists of epithelial as well as stromal elements, and is situated at least 2.5 mm below the endometrialmyometrial junction. However, the diagnosis and clinical significance of uterine adenomyosis and/or adenomyoma remain somewhat enigmatic. The relationship between infertility and uterine adenomyosis and/or adenomyoma is still uncertain, but severe endometriosis impairs the chances of successful pregnancy when using artificial reproductive techniques. To date, there is no uniform agreement on the most appropriate therapeutic methods for managing women with uterine adenomyosis and/or adenomyoma who want to preserve their fertility. Fertility has been restored after successful treatment of adenomyosis using multiple modalities, including hormonal therapy and conservative surgical therapy via laparoscopy or exploratory laparotomy, uterine artery embolization, and other methods, including a potential but under-investigated procedure, magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound. This review will explore recent publications that have addressed the use of different approaches in the management of subfertile women with uterine adenomyosis and adenomyoma.


Hum Reprod Update. 2009 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Should the ovaries be removed or retained at the time of hysterectomy for benign disease?

Hickey M, Ambekar M, Hammond I.

School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, University of Western Australia, King Edward Memorial Hospital, 374 Bagot Road, Subiaco, WA 6008, Australia.

BACKGROUND Bilateral oophorectomy is commonly performed at the time of hysterectomy for benign disease. Indications for oophorectomy vary, but in most cases relatively little high-quality information is available to inform the surgeon or patient regarding the relative risks and benefits of ovarian conservation or removal. This review will address the common clinical situations when oophorectomy may be performed and will evaluate the evidence for risk and benefit in each of these circumstances. The aim of this review is to bring together the evidence regarding oophorectomy in pre- and post-menopausal women and to highlight the areas needing further study. METHODS We searched the published literature for studies related to outcomes following surgical menopause, risk-reducing surgery for ovarian cancer, surgical treatment for endometriosis, bilateral oophorectomy for benign disease and treatment for premenstrual syndrome/premenstrual dysphoric disorder. RESULTS Rates of oophorectomy at the time of hysterectomy for benign disease appear to be increasing. There is good evidence to support bilateral salpingoophorectomy (BSO) as a risk-reducing surgery for women at high risk of ovarian cancer, but relatively little evidence to support oophorectomy or BSO in other circumstances. There is growing evidence from observational studies that surgical menopause may impact negatively on future cardiovascular, psychosexual, cognitive and mental health. CONCLUSION Clinicians and patients should fully consider the relative risks and benefits of oophorectomy on an individual basis prior to surgery.


JSLS. 2009 Jul-Sep;13(3):376-83.

Incidental appendectomy during endoscopic surgery.

Song JY, Yordan E, Rotman C.

Oak Brook Institute of Endoscopy, Rush Medical College, St. Charles, Illinois, USA.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The first laparoscopic appendectomy was performed over 25 years ago, and yet controversy still exists over the open method vs. the laparoscopic approach, and whether an incidental appendectomy is warranted. This study aimed to evaluate our experience in performing a laparoscopic incidental appendectomy and to address these issues. METHODS: A total of 772 laparoscopic appendectomies were performed and analyzed and statistically evaluated. RESULTS: Mean age of the patients was 30.8+/-7.0 years. Mean operating time for an incidental appendectomy was 12.3+/-4.5 minutes. Most common pathology result was adhesions, and the rarest was endometriosis. Of patients with confirmed appendicitis, 75.8% did not have an initial preoperative diagnosis of appendicitis. When warranted, 103 (13.3%) patients underwent a second-look laparoscopy: 75.5% had no adhesions, 23.5% had mild adhesions, 2% had moderate adhesions. Backward elimination logistic regression revealed that endometriosis (P=0.016), endometrioma (P=0.039), pelvic or abdominal adhesions (P=0.015) were associated with a reduced likelihood of encountering appendicitis on pathology examination. The complication rate was 0.13%. Anesthesia cost was lower for an incidental appendectomy compared with an urgent one. CONCLUSION: Laparoscopic incidental appendectomy is safe and quick to perform. Due to the complex nature of confirming the diagnosis of pelvic and abdominal pain, this study supports the routine performance of an incidental appendectomy in the female patient.


JSLS. 2009 Jul-Sep;13(3):350-7.

Early identification of interstitial cystitis may avoid unnecessary hysterectomy.

Chung MK, Jarnagin B.

Midwest Regional Center for Chronic Pelvic Pain, Lima, Ohio 45805, USA.

BACKGROUND: Interstitial cystitis is a clinical syndrome characterized by symptoms of pelvic pain, urinary urgency and frequency, and nocturia. It can be difficult to accurately identify interstitial cystitis because the symptoms overlap many other common gynecologic and urologic conditions. Patients with undiagnosed interstitial cystitis may undergo unnecessary procedures, including hysterectomy. METHODS: A PubMed literature search for articles dating back to 1990 was conducted on the topics of interstitial cystitis and hysterectomy. Further references were identified by cross-referencing the bibliographies in articles of interest. RESULTS: The literature review found that hysterectomy is performed more often in patients with undiagnosed interstitial cystitis than in patients with a confirmed diagnosis. Interstitial cystitis often coexists with conditions like endometriosis, for which hysterectomy is indicated. Many patients subsequently diagnosed with interstitial cystitis continue to experience persistent pelvic pain despite having had a hysterectomy for chronic pelvic pain. Careful history and physical examination can identify the majority of interstitial cystitis cases. CONCLUSION: Interstitial cystitis should be considered prior to hysterectomy in women who present with pelvic pain or who experience pelvic pain after a hysterectomy. If interstitial cystitis is diagnosed, appropriate therapy may eliminate the need for hysterectomy.


Thorax. 2009 Oct;64(10):919-20.

Thoracic endometriosis: rare presentation as a solitary pulmonary nodule with eccentric cavitations.

Lee CH, Huang YC, Huang SF, Wu YK, Kuo KT.

Department of Surgery, Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Taipei Branch, Xiandian City, Taipei County 23142, Taiwan.


Expert Opin Ther Pat. 2009 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Recent patent trends in the field of progesterone receptor agonists and modulators.

Schmees N, Weinmann H.

Bayer Schering Pharma, Medicinal Chemistry, Muellerstrasse 178, 13353 Berlin, Germany +49 30 468 12972 ; +49 30 468 92972;

Background: Progesterone receptor agonists are used in female contraception, hormone replacement therapy or some gynecological conditions like endometriosis. The interest for antagonists or selective progesterone receptor modulators (SPRMs) is growing. Recent reports on this class of compounds indicate that they could become the next generation of therapeutics in gynecological treatments. Objective: This overview summarizes the work on progesterone receptor agonists, SPRMs and antagonists reported in the patent literature in the past 4 years. Methods: The focus of the article is the examination of patents, primarily published as WO, EU or US patents since 2005. In some cases, additional data from the public literature is included into the discussion. These data are of substantial interest as the available biological data disclosed in patents are usually limited for new compound classes. Results/conclusion: Some highly active clusters of compounds have been disclosed in the past 4 years. The current research seems to focus on SPRMs and progesterone receptor antagonists.


Acta Dermatovenerol Alp Panonica Adriat. 2009 Sep;18(3):126-30.

Spontaneous endometriosis in an umbilical skin lesion.

Chatzikokkinou P, Thorfinn J, Angelidis IK, Papa G, Trevisan G.

Department of Dermatology and Venereology, University of Trieste, Ospedale Maggiore, Via Stuparich 1, I-34100 Trieste, Italy.

Cutaneous endometriosis of the umbilicus is an unusual condition with unclear pathogenetic mechanisms that might be mistaken for a malignant condition. A 46-year-old woman presented with a cutaneous black mass in the umbilicus. The lesion was removed surgically and histological analyses revealed that it consisted of endometrial tissue. There was no recurrence at 18-month follow-up. Endometriosis of the umbilicus is a rare condition and the pathogenesis is not completely elucidated. According to one theory, intraperitoneal endometrial tissue is translocated during endoscopic surgery or other surgical procedures that involve the umbilicus. However, in this case there was no history of abdominal wall surgery. We conclude that endometriosis is important to consider in cases of unclear skin lesions of the umbilicus, even in cases with no previous abdominal surgery. Moreover, umbilical endometriosis of the skin can have different appearances that resemble malignant tumors, and radical surgery with histology is therefore indicated.


Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Primary squamous cell carcinoma of the ovary associated with endometriosis.

Acién P, Abad M, Mayol MJ, Garcia S, Garde J.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Juan University Hospital, Alicante, Spain; Department of Gynecology, Miguel Hernandez University, Campus of San Juan, Alicante, Spain.

OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical, therapeutic, and pathologic features of published cases presenting primary squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the ovary associated with endometriosis. METHODS: A case report, 15 cases of infiltrating SCC of the ovary associated with or arising from endometriosis, and 1 case of synchronous carcinoma in situ in the cervix and ovary from a review of the literature were studied. RESULTS: Young age, advanced stage of the disease, and hypogastric pain were frequent at the time of diagnosis. There was no ascites, but infiltration of neighboring organs was common. The tumor was associated with 80% patient mortality in the first few months. Adjuvant chemotherapy with paclitaxel and carboplatin or cisplatin appeared to improve the results. CONCLUSION: Primary SCC of the ovary associated with endometriosis is extremely rare and has a poor prognosis. The best therapeutic results are obtained with paclitaxel and carboplatin or cisplatin after radical surgery.


Chin Med J (Engl). 2009 Sep 5;122(17):2079-80.

A gastric duplication cyst at the splenic hilum mimicking endometriosis clinically in a female adult.

Hsu HT, Hsing MT, Chen ML, Chen CJ.

Department of Surgical Pathology, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua, 500 Taiwan, China.


Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2009 Sep;34(9):926-32.

Effect of GnRH-II on VEGF secreted by stromal cells from endometrium of endometriosis.]

[Article in Chinese]

Liu Q, Huang F, Wang H, Zou Y.

Department of Gyneology and Obstetrics, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410011, China

Objective To inspect the effect of gonadotropin-releasing hormonelII (GnRH-II)on the secretion of VEGF by eutopic and ectopic endometrial stromal cells cultured in vitro.Methods Eutopic and ectopic stromal cells cultured in vitro were treated with different concentrations (1*10(-10)~1*10(-6) mol/L)of GnRH-II,and the control group was not treated by GnRH-II.Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used to measure the VEGF protein in the medium of the above 2 groups.Results There was no difference between the VEGF protein expressed by eutopic and ectopic stromal cells in the medium after culturing in vitro for 48 hours (P>0.05). The 1*10(-10)~1*10(-6) mol/L GnRH-II could dose-dependently reduce VEGF protein secreted by endometrial stromal cells(P<0.01),and the inhibition to ectopic endometrial stromal cells was stronger than that to eutopic endometrial stromal cells (P<0.01).Conclusion Ectopic stromal cells cultured in vitro can secrete VEGF,and so can eutopic stromal cells.This may play an important role in the formation and development of endometriosis. GnRH-II can reduce VEGF protein secreted by ectopic endometrial stromal cells cultured in vitro,and its inhibition is stronger than that of eutopic endometrial stromal cells.


Conn Med. 2009 Sep;73(8):453-6.

Thoracic endometriosis: an unusual cause of hemothorax.

El Ghazal R, Fabian T, Ahmed ZA, Moritz ED.

Department of Medicine, Hospital of Saint Raphael, New Haven, USA.

In this report we describe the clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment and outcome of a 45-year-old woman with thoracic endometriosis. Four clinical presentations have been described. The majority have presented with catamenial pneumothorax, followed by hemothorax, hemoptysis and lung nodules. Our patient presented with right-sided hemothorax and lung nodules. Video-assisted thoracoscopic aurgery confirmed the presence of endometrial tissue embedded in the diaphragmatic pleura. Talc pleurodesis alongwith atotal abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy led to a clinical and radiological resolution.


Urologe A. 2009 Oct;48(10):1193-4,1196-8.

Chronic pelvic pain in women from a gynecologic viewpoint.

[Article in German]

Siedentopf F.

Frauenklinik, DRK-Kliniken Westend, Berlin.

Chronic pelvic pain in women is a difficult subject that challenges the gynecologist in practice. Possible gynecological causes are endometriosis, adhesions/PID, pelvic varicosis and ovarian retention syndrome/ovarian remnant syndrome. Other somatic causes are irritable bowel syndrome, bladder pain syndrome and fibromyalgia.Confirmed psychosocial factors contributing to chronic pelvic pain are comorbidity with anxiety disorders, substance abuse or depression, but the influence of social factors is less certain. The connection to physical and sexual abuse also remains unclear. Important diagnostic steps are studying the patient’s history, a gynecological examination and laparoscopy. Multidisciplinary therapeutic approaches are helpful. Basic psychosomatic care and psychotherapy should be integrated into the therapeutic concept at an early stage of the disease.


Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2009 Sep 24;68(4):262-268. [Epub ahead of print]

Evaluation of Estrogen Treatment in an Immunodeficient Mouse Endometriosis Model.

Colette S, Defrère S, Lousse JC, Van Langendonckt A, Loumaye E, Donnez J.

Université Catholique de Louvain, Faculty of Medicine, Gynecology Unit, Brussels, Belgium.

Background/Aims: Endometriosis is known to be an estrogen-dependent disease. However, only a few studies have analyzed the effect of estrogen treatment in mice xenotransplanted with human endometrium. The objective of this study was to adapt a previously developed heterologous murine model to the study of estrogens and test the impact of estrone treatment on endometriosis development. Methods: Human proliferative endometrium was xenotransplanted into the peritoneal cavity of castrated immunodeficient mice. These mice were treated with estrogens by means of subcutaneous estrone-releasing pellets. The effect of estrone on estradiol level, uterine histology and endometriosis development was evaluated after 21 days. Results: Bioactivity of estrone pellets and their metabolization into estradiol were demonstrated. However, there was no impact on endometriosis development (no difference in lesion number, weight, size or fluorescence). This lack of response was not due to absence of estrogen receptor expression, since strong expression was found in all lesions harvested. Surprisingly, castrated nontreated mice presented with lesions showing high proliferative activity, similar to lesions found in treated mice (around 30%). Conclusion: The high proliferation observed in lesions recovered from ovariectomized nontreated mice questions the utility of using estrogens in heterologous murine models. Copyright © 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.


J Clin Lab Anal. 2009;23(5):331-5.

The utility of serum human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) in patients with a pelvic mass.

Montagnana M, Lippi G, Ruzzenente O, Bresciani V, Danese E, Scevarolli S, Salvagno GL, Giudici S, Franchi M, Guidi GC.

Sezione di Chimica Clinica, Dipartimento di Scienze Morfologico-Biomediche, Università degli Studi di Verona, Verona, Italy.

AIM: Although CA125 is the most widely used cancer marker in the diagnostic approach of pelvic masses in women, its clinical usefulness is limited because it lacks expression of the antigen in the early stages of disease. The human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) is frequently over-expressed in ovarian cancer, whereas its expression in normal tissues, including the ovary, is low. The aim of this study was to assess the concentration of both HE4 and CA125 in patients with different forms of benign and malign pelvic masses. METHODS: The study population included 99 patients with gynecological cancer (46 ovarian, 39 endometrial, 14 cervical) and 40 affected by benign disease (22 endometriosis and 18 benign ovarian mass). Twelve control subjects were also included in the study. In all the patients, serum samples were collected on the day before scheduled surgery. RESULTS: The median CA125 and HE4 serum levels were significantly higher among ovarian cancer patients as compared with healthy subjects and with those with benign mass, cervical, and endometrial tumors. The receiver operating characteristics curve analysis on healthy controls and patients with ovarian cancers revealed that HE4 had a significantly higher area under the curve when compared with CA125 (0.99 vs. 0.91), with a sensibility and specificity of 98 and 100%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: HE4 seems to be a promising ovarian cancer marker, and its measurement might improve the diagnostic approach to patients with pelvic masses.


Hum Reprod Update. 2009 Sep 22. [Epub ahead of print]

The role of microRNAs in endometriosis and associated reproductive conditions.

Ohlsson Teague EM, Print CG, Hull ML.

School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, Research Centre for Reproductive Health, The Robinson Institute, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia.

BACKGROUND microRNAs (miRNAs) are short, single-stranded RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. Recent research has shown that miRNAs and their target mRNAs are differentially expressed in endometriosis and other disorders of the female reproductive system. Since miRNAs control a broad spectrum of normal and pathological cellular functions, they may play pivotal roles in the pathogenesis of these disorders. METHODS A systematic review was undertaken of the published literature on; (i) the expression and functions of miRNAs in mammalian female reproductive tissues with a focus on endometriosis and the malignancies and fertility disorders related to this disease; and (ii) the potential roles played by validated mRNA targets of endometriosis-associated miRNAs. The current understanding of the biology of miRNAs is overviewed and the potential diagnostic and therapeutic potential of miRNAs in endometriosis is highlighted. RESULTS The differential expression of miRNAs in endometriosis, and the putative molecular pathways constituted by their targets, suggests that miRNAs may play an important role in endometriotic lesion development. Models for miRNA regulatory functions in endometriosis are presented, including those associated with hypoxia, inflammation, tissue repair, TGFbeta-regulated pathways, cell growth, cell proliferation, apoptosis, extracellular matrix remodelling and angiogenesis. In addition, specific miRNAs which may be associated with malignant progression and subfertility in endometriosis are discussed. CONCLUSIONS miRNAs appear to be potent regulators of gene expression in endometriosis and its associated reproductive disorders, raising the prospect of using miRNAs as biomarkers and therapeutic tools in endometriosis.


Gynecol Obstet Fertil. 2009 Oct;37(10):771-2. Epub 2009 Sep 17.

Postoperative long-term amenorrhea avoids endometriosis recurrences: That is ultimately proven!

[Article in French]

Roman H.

Clinique gynécologique et obstétricale, CHU Charles-Nicolle, 1, rue de Germont, 76031 Rouen cedex, France.


Methods Mol Biol. 2009;590:295-306.

Use of laser capture microdissection in studying hormone-dependent diseases: endometriosis.

Matsuzaki S, Canis M, Mage G.

CHU Clermont-Ferrand, Polyclinique-Hôtel-Dieu, Gynécologie Obstétrique et Médecine de la Reproduction, Clermont-Ferrand Cédex, France.

Endometriosis, a common gynecological disorder responsible for infertility and pelvic pain, is defined as the presence of endometrial glands and stroma within extra-uterine sites. Gene expression studies performed on endometriotic tissue homogenates have yielded results reflecting mRNA abundance in a mixture of cell types (including epithelial cells, stromal cells, fibrotic tissue, and muscle tissue). Therefore, a method for quantifying gene expression separately in individual cell populations is essential for identifying genetic markers. Laser capture microdissection is a technique for obtaining pure populations of cells from heterogeneous tissues. This chapter provides methods to obtain high-quality RNA suitable for a variety of different down stream applications from frozen endometrial and endometriotic tissues for laser capture microdissection, using the Arcturus PixCell II system.


Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2009;30(4):437-9.

Synchronous endometrioid carcinoma of the uterine corpus and ovary. A case report and review of the literature.

Grammatoglou X, Skafida E, Glava C, Katsamagkou E, Delliou E, Vasilakaki T.

Department of Pathology, Tzaneion General Hospital, Piraeus, Greece.

Synchronous endometrioid carcinoma of the uterine corpus and ovary is an uncommon but well recognized event. Diagnosis as either a separate independent primary or as a metastatic tumor requires careful consideration of a number of gross and histological features. These features illustrate the criteria helpful in distinguishing independent primaries from metastatic carcinomas which have a different therapeutic implication. The possible link between fertility drugs and carcinogenesis still remains controversial. We report a case of a 52-year-old woman who came to our hospital with a cystic left ovarian mass (8 cm). Hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorecromy were carried out. Histological examinations showed well differentiated endometrioid ovarian cancer and well differentiated endometrioid endometrial cancer. The endometrial tumor was intramucosal without myometrial or vascular invasion and was associated with atypical complex hyperplasia. The woman had not been previously treated with ovulation induction drugs. She was free of recurrence two years after surgery. Patients with synchronous endometrioid tumors of the endometrium and ovary are generally younger than reported for either endometrial adenocarcinomas or ovarian adenocarcinomas. They tend to be low grade and early stage and are frequently associated with endometriosis. The prognosis of endometrioid type carcinomas is better than other histological types of carcinoma.


Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2009;30(4):402-7.

The contribution of laparoscopy to the diagnosis of adnexal masses in young and premenopausal women.

Liberis V, Tsikouras P, Zografos Ch, Ammari A, Dislian V, Iatrou Ch, Maroulis G.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

The purpose of this retrospective study was to investigate the contribution of laparoscopy to the diagnosis of adnexal masses in young and premenopausal women, in whom surgery was deemed necessary, between the years 2002-2008. A total of 130 young and premenopausal women scheduled for surgery for an adnexal mass with a diameter of 5-10 cm underwent transvaginal ultrasound (US) examination prior to surgery. Laparoscopic management was successfully completed for 118 of the 130 patients in this study; however, 12 required conversion of laparoscopy to laparotomy due to endometriosis with extensive bowel adhesions, or suspected ovarian malignancy and peritoneal implants. One hundred and twenty-four patients (95.38%) had benign lesions, four (3.07%) had borderline tumors and two patients had malignant lesions (1.53%). We found a statistically significant association between laparoscopic and histological findings. Laparoscopic diagnosis of adnexal masses suspicious at US may help avoid many laparotomies for the treatment of benign ovarian disorders.


Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2009 Jun;34(3):188-92.

Randomized controlled study on ear-electroacupuncture treatment of endometriosis-induced dysmenorrhea in patients

[Article in Chinese]

Jin YB, Sun ZL, Jin HF.

Department of Acu-moxibustion, Zhejiang Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, Hangzhou 310003, China.

OBJECTIVE: To observe the therapeutic effect of ear-electroacupuncture (Ear-EA) on dysmenorrhea in patients with endometriosis and to explore its underlying mechanism. METHODS: A total of 80 endometriosis patients were randomly and equally divided into ear-EA group and body-EA group. EA (50 Hz, 0.5-0.8 mA) was applied to auricular points (Uterus, Subcortex, Shenmen, Endocrine, etc.) and body acupoints [Tianshu (ST 25), Qihai (CV 6), Guanyuan (CV 4), Sanyinjiao (SP 6), Diji (SP 8), Uterus (EX-CA 1), etc.] respectively for 30 min, once every other day for 3 months. Dysmenorrhea severity score (DSS) was assessed and plasma prostaglandin (PGE2) and 6-Keto-PGF1alpha levels detected by radioimmunoassay. RESULTS: Compared with pre-treatment, DSS lowered significantly during the 1st and 2nd menstrual cycle in body-EA group, and during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd menstruation in ear-EA group; and the DSS of ear-EA group during the 3rd menstruation was evidently lower than that of body-EA group (P < 0.05). During the 3rd menstrual onset after the treatment, plasma PGE2 contents in both groups decreased obviously (P < 0.01), and plasma 6-Keto-PGF1alpha, levels increased considerably in comparison with pre-treatment (P < 0.01). Comparison between two groups during the 3rd menstruation showed that plasma PGE2 level of ear-EA group was markedly lower than that of body-EA group, and 6-Keto-PGF1alpha, level of ear-EA group was significantly higher than that of body-EA group (P < 0.05). No significant difference was found between two groups in clinical therapeutic effect (P > 0.05). CONCLUSION: Both ear-EA and body-EA can effectively relieve endometriosis-induced dysmenorrhea, and the former is superior to the later in reducing pain severity, which may be closely related to their effects in reducing plasma PGE2 and raising 6-Keto-PGF1alpha level.

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