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Concept: Endometriosis

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Several studies suggest that resistance to progesterone may contribute to the pathophysiology of endometriosis. Progesterone mediates its biological activity via the 2 progesterone receptor (PR) isoforms (PR-A and PR-B). Effects of progesterone are determined by the PR-A:PR-B ratio such that a PR-B-dominant state promotes progesterone signaling, whereas a PR-A-dominant state decreases progesterone responsiveness. Our objective was to compare the abundance and cellular localization of the PR isoforms in endometrium and endometriotic lesions from women with and without peritoneal and ovarian endometriosis.

Concepts: Selective progesterone receptor modulator, Corpus luteum, Menstrual cycle, Endometrium, Progesterone, Estrogen, Endometriosis

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Assisted reproductive technology is one of the therapeutic options offered for managing endometriosis-associated infertility. Yet, published data on assisted reproductive technology outcome in women affected by endometriosis are conflicting and the determinant factors for pregnancy chances unclear.

Concepts: Endometriosis, Reproductive technology, Fertility medicine, Reproduction, Fertility, Pregnancy, Assisted reproductive technology, Infertility

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To evaluate the cumulative recurrence rate of endometriomas after a laparoscopic endometriotic cyst enucleation in adolescents and to find the factors associated with recurrence.

Concepts: Endometriosis, Ovarian cyst

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This study is a comparison of human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) with cancer antigen 125 (CA125), using the Risk of Ovarian Malignancy Algorithm (ROMA), Copenhagen Index (CPH-I), Risk of Malignancy Index (RMI) and Morphology Index (MI) to differentiate ovarian endometriosis from epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) in premenopausal women.

Concepts: Protein, Combined oral contraceptive pill, Molecular biology, Biochemistry, CA-125, Endometriosis, Hysterectomy, Ovarian cancer

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Selective progesterone receptor modulators have shown efficacy in the treatment of endometriosis, however they are not currently licensed in Canada for this purpose. Their histomorphological effects have been well documented in the endometrium, but not in endometriosis.

Concepts: Menstrual cycle, Endometrium, Progesterone receptor, Endometriosis, Progesterone, Selective progesterone receptor modulator

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Objective: To determine the levels of coagulation and inflammatory factors in women with moderate and severe ovarian endometriosis so as to investigate the possible role of coagulation and inflammatory factors in the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of this disease.Methods:From June 2015 and June 2017, clinical data of 366 patients with pathologically diagnosed moderate and severe ovarian endometriosis (case group) and 244 patients with pathologically diagnosed benign ovarian cysts (control group) in Women’s Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine were retrospectively analyzed. The levels of coagulation indicators, inflammatory factors and serum tumor markers were measured. Then, the values of these indicators in diagnosis of endometriosis were analyzed.Results:(1) The levels of plasma prothrombin time (PT) and thrombin time (TT) in patients with ovarian endometriosis [median: 12.8 s (range: 12.4-13.2 s) and 15.5 s (range: 15.1-15.9 s), respectively] were significantly shorter than those with benign ovarian cysts [median: 13.0 s (range: 12.5-13.4 s) and 15.7 s (range: 15.3-16.1 s), respectively; allP<0.01]. The levels of plasma fibrinogen (FIB) and D-dimer [D-D; median: 3.1 g/L (range: 2.8-3.5 g/L) and 0.9 mg/L (range: 0.6-2.1 mg/L) , respectively] in patients with ovarian endometriosis were significantly higher than those with benign ovarian cysts [median: 2.8 g/L (range: 2.6-3.2 g/L) and 0.6 mg/L (range: 0.4-1.2 mg/L), respectively;P=0.000]. Moreover, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio [PLR; median: 2.3 (range: 1.8-3.1) and 144 (range: 113-179), respectively] in patients with ovarian endometriosis were significantly higher than those with benign ovarian cysts [median: 2.1 (range: 1.6-2.8) and 128 (range: 104-165), respectively;P<0.01]. Furthermore, in patients with ovarian endometriosis, the levels of PT were significantly shorter in stage Ⅳ endometriosis than that in stage Ⅲ endometriosis (P<0.05). The levels of FIB and PLR in patients with stage Ⅳ endometriosis were significantly higher than those in patients with stage Ⅲ endometriosis (P<0.01) . (2) The cut-off value of CA(125) was 27.2 kU/L with a sensitivity of 83.6%, the cut-off value of FIB was 3.1 g/L with a sensitivity of 53.2%, while the sensitivity of combination index (FIB×CA(125)) was 84.9%.Conclusion:The abnormality of coagulation and inflammatory factors may be involved in the pathogenesis of moderate and severe ovarian endometriosis, and the detection of coagulation and inflammatory factors may be have important clinical significance for the diagnosis and treatment of moderate and severe ovarian endometriosis.

Concepts: Prothrombin time, Oncology, Endometriosis, Ovarian cancer, Zhejiang University, Coagulation, Pathology, Ovarian cyst

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To estimate the effectiveness and safety of laparoscopic surgical excision of rectovaginal endometriosis.

Concepts: Endometriosis, Cohort, Cohort study, Laparoscopy, Laparoscopic surgery, Clinical trial, Excision, Surgery

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Endometriosis is a multifactorial, oestrogen-dependent, inflammatory, gynaecological condition that can result in long-lasting visceral pelvic pain and infertility. Acupuncture could be an effective treatment for endometriosis and may relieve pain. Our aim in the present study was to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for endometriosis-related pain.

Concepts: Meta-analysis, AIM Investment Management, Present, Gynecology, Endometriosis, Acupuncture, Effect, Effectiveness

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Endometriosis, defined as the presence of ectopic endometrial stroma and epithelium, affects approximately 10% of reproductive-age women and can cause pelvic pain and infertility. Endometriotic lesions are considered to be benign inflammatory lesions but have cancerlike features such as local invasion and resistance to apoptosis.

Concepts: Pelvic pain, Endometrium, Gynecology, Immune system, Ionizing radiation, Cancer, Endometriosis

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Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) affects 5.7-26.6% women worldwide. 55% have no obvious pathology and 40% have associated endometriosis. Neuropathic pain (NeP) is pain arising as a consequence of a lesion/disease affecting the somatosensory system. The prevalence of NeP in women with CPP is not known. The diagnosis of NeP is challenging because there is no gold-standard assessment. Questionnaires have been used in the clinical setting to diagnose NeP in other chronic pain conditions and quantitative sensory testing (QST) has been used in a research setting to identify abnormal sensory function. We aimed to determine if women with chronic pelvic pain (CPP) have a neuropathic pain (NeP) component to their painful symptoms and how this is best assessed. We performed an exploratory prospective cohort study of 72 pre-menopausal women with a diagnosis of CPP. They underwent a clinician completed questionnaire (DN4) and completed the S-LANSS and PainDETECT™ questionnaires. Additionally QST testing was performed by a clinician. They also completed a patient acceptability questionnaire. Clinical features of NeP were identified by both questionnaires and QST. Of the women who were NeP positive, 56%, 35% and 26% were identified by the S-LANSS, DN4 and PainDETECT™ respectively. When NeP was identified by questionnaire, the associated laparoscopy findings were similar irrespective of which questionnaire was used. No subject had entirely unchanged QST parameters. There were distinct loss and gain subgroups, as well as mixed alteration in function, but this was not necessarily clinically significant in all patients. 80% of patients were confident that questionnaires could diagnose NeP, and 90% found them easy to complete. Early identification of NeP in women with CPP with a simple questionnaire could facilitate targeted therapy with neuromodulators, which are cheap, readily available, and have good safety profiles. This approach could prevent unnecessary or fertility-compromising surgery and prolonged treatment with hormones.

Concepts: Research methods, Pelvic pain, Endometriosis, Somatosensory system, Evaluation methods, Nociception, Sensory system, Pain