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1/200. Endometrial fluid collection in women with PCOS undergoing ovarian stimulation for IVF. A report of four cases.

    BACKGROUND: The presence of endometrial fluid collections' developing during ovarian-stimulation was previously reported to occur in women with hydrosalpinx. We report on the occurrence of endometrial fluid collections in four women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) undergoing ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization. CASES: Four women developed endometrial fluid collections during ovarian stimulation. These fluid collections were noted as early as day 5 of stimulation. The reproductive outcome when fluid collections were noted on the day of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) or of embryo transfer (ET) was poor. One of three women with fluid collection on the day of hCG conceived but had a missed abortion. One patient with fluid on the day of ET failed to conceive. Three of four patients who underwent repeat cycles conceived when no fluid collections were seen on day of hCG or ET. CONCLUSION: Abnormal endometrial milieu could be an underlying defect in some women with PCOS and chronic anovulation who fail to conceive with ovulation-induction agents. This is the first report of endometrial fluid collections in patients with PCOS in the absence of hydrosalpinx. Continuous monitoring of the endometrial lining during ovulation induction is mandatory to rule out any abnormality in endometrial development. Cryopreserving all embryos may be considering in cycles with fluid collections noted on the day hCG or ET. ( info)

2/200. Diagnostic difficulty in polycystic ovary syndrome due to an LH-beta-subunit variant.

    We initially failed to confirm a case of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) because underestimation of LH concentrations due to a variant form of this hormone resulted in a misleadingly low LH/FSH ratio. A 26-year-old woman presented to our hospital with infertility. Given the presence of bilateral polycystic ovaries, oligomenorrhea and hirsutism. PCOS was suspected, but a normal LH/FSH ratio as measured by RIA led to diagnostic problems. When we remeasured LH and FSH using a chemical luminescence enzyme immunoassay (CLEIA), the ratio of the LH concentration measured by RIA to that measured by CLEIA was 0.29, and the ratio of LH to FSH measured by CLEIA was 3.3 compared with 0.81 measured by RIA. We then diagnosed PCOS. The point mutations Trp8 to Arg8 and Ile15 to Thr15 in the LH subunit were detected in the corresponding gene. The patient's LH status represented variant and wild-type LH equally. She was therefore diagnosed as heterozygous for the mutant LH-beta. Histologic assessment of ovarian tissue after laparoscopic biopsy was compatible with a polycystic ovary. ( info)

3/200. Conservative treatment of adenocarcinoma of the endometrium in young patients. Is it appropriate?

    Few reports have suggested that nulliparous young patients with endometrial cancer may be treated conservatively to preserve fertility. We present a young nulliparous woman with a well differentiated adenocarcinoma of the endometrium treated with progestins. Since she did not respond, a definite operation was performed revealing involvement of the uterine isthmus, thus necessitating adjuvant radiotherapy. ( info)

4/200. pregnancy following the laparoscopic bipolar electrocoagulation of polycystic ovaries resistant to medicamentous ovulation induction--a case report.

    The case of a primarily infertile patient with polycystic ovaries (PCOS) resistant to medicamentous ovulation induction is presented. The preoperative condition, laparoscopic ovarian drilling using an original technique of bipolar electrocoagulation and consecutive spontaneous pregnancy and delivery are described. This case suggests that bipolar forceps with jaws 1 mm wide could be a useful instrument for laparoscopic ovarian drilling. ( info)

5/200. Ovarian responses to hCG stimulation: insulin resistance/hyperinsulinaemia vs. insulin deficiency.

    polycystic ovary syndrome is a heterogeneous disorder characterized by signs and symptoms of hyperandrogenism and insulin resistance. We present the clinical and hormonal features in an adolescent girl who had distinct intervals of insulin deficiency and insulin resistance/hyperinsulinaemia. This case report confirms that insulin resistance/hyperinsulinaemia exacerbates ovarian hyperandrogenism. ( info)

6/200. Bilateral giant adrenal myelolipoma and polycystic ovarian disease.

    We report a case of a nonfunctioning, synchronous, bilateral, very large adrenal myelolipoma in an obese woman. She had diabetes mellitus and oligomenorrhea due to polycystic ovarian disease, and for that, she was taking progesterone medication for over 12 years. The principal clinical findings, the etiology and pathogenesis, the diagnostic-tools including US-guided fine-needle biopsy to preoperative differential diagnosis, are discussed. copyright copyright 1999 S. Karger AG, Basel ( info)

7/200. Clinical presentation of PCOS following development of an insulinoma: case report.

    A 24 year old woman presented with a prolonged clinical history of fasting and exertional hypoglycaemia, and was subsequently diagnosed with an insulinoma. Concurrent symptoms of oligomenorrhoea and hyperandrogenism of similar duration were noted. Biochemically, hyperinsulinaemia was observed in association with a raised serum luteinizing hormone (LH), raised testosterone and androstendione concentrations. Surgical removal of the insulinoma resulted in resolution of the clinical and biochemical features of the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) but minimal change was observed in the ovarian ultrasound appearances. This case demonstrates the role of insulin in mediating the hypersecretion of both LH and androgens in women with polycystic ovaries. We suggest that hyperinsulinaemia converted occult 'polycystic ovaries' to become clinically manifest as 'polycystic ovary syndrome'. This paradigm has clear implications for women with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus who presumably have systemic hyperinsulinaemia. ( info)

8/200. The use of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone antagonists in polycystic ovarian disease.

    Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) is characterized by anovulation, eventually high luteinizing hormone (LH) levels, with increased LH pulse frequency, and hyperandrogenism. As the aetiology of the disease is still unknown, gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists, competitive inhibitors of GnRH for its receptor, are interesting tools in order to study and treat the role of increased LH levels and pulse frequency in this disease. Their administration provokes a rapid decrease in bioactive and immunoactive LH followed by a slower decrease in follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). In patients with PCOD, the suppression of gonadotrophin secretion eradicates the symptoms of the disease as long as the treatment lasts. Several authors have suggested that increased plasma LH levels have deleterious effects on the fertility of women with PCOD. Indeed, fewer spontaneous pregnancies with more miscarriages are observed when plasma LH levels are high. Assisted reproduction techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) have provided other clues to the role of the LH secretory pattern in women with PCOD. The number of oocytes retrieved, the fertilization rate and the cleavage rate are lower in PCOD patients undergoing IVF and this is inversely correlated with FSH:LH ratio. These abnormalities are corrected when endogenous secretion of LH is suppressed. On the other hand, implantation and pregnancy rates after IVF are similar to those observed in control women. New GnRH antagonists are devoid of side effects and suppress LH secretion within a few hours without a flare-up effect. This action lasts for 10-100 hours. When GnRH antagonists are associated with i.v. pulsatile GnRH, this combination both suppresses the effect of endogenous GnRH and because of the competition for GnRH receptors restores a normal frequency of LH secretion. We have studied two women with PCOD, administering first 10 mg s.c. every 72 hours for 7 days of the GnRH antagonist Nal-Glu, then adding on top i.v. pulsatile GnRH: 10 micrograms/pulse every 90 minutes for 15 days. We thus succeeded in normalizing LH secretion pattern and observed a significant decline in testosterone levels. We failed to induce appropriate ovarian response and ovulation. In conclusion, the combination of GnRH antagonist and GnRH pulsatile treatment can re-establish normal LH secretory pattern in patients with PCOD. The failure to induce ovulation with this regimen suggests the existence of an inherent ovarian defect in women with PCOD. ( info)

9/200. Comparison of spironolactone, flutamide, and finasteride efficacy in the treatment of hirsutism: a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial.

    To compare objectively the efficacies of spironolactone (100 mg/day), flutamide (250 mg/day), and finasteride (5 mg/day) in the treatment of hirsutism, 40 hirsute women were randomly assigned to double blind treatments with 1 of these 3 drugs or placebo for 6 months. Before and at the end of treatment, hirsutism was quantitatively measured in each subject by determination, by computer-assisted light microscopy, of the largest diameter of 5 hairs plucked from the linea alba. These measurements were averaged to produce a mean hair shaft diameter. For each subject, baseline and posttreatment assessments were carried out at the same time by an investigator blinded to both time and type of therapy. In addition, a semi-quantitative clinical evaluation was carried out by a modification of the Ferriman-Gallwey (F-G) scoring method, performed by a single investigator. At baseline the 4 groups of women had similar hair diameters and F-G scores. After 6 months of therapy all groups of subjects given active drugs showed reductions of their hair diameters, without statistically significant differences among groups (mean change /- SEM, -11.7 /-5.6%, -18.0 /-6.1%, and -12.6 /-6.7%, respectively, in the spironolactone, flutamide, and finasteride groups). F-G scores were also significantly reduced in women receiving antiandrogen drugs, again without differences among groups (mean change, -41.0 /-5.5%, -38.9 /-7.2%, and -31.6 /-3.7%, respectively). No significant changes from baseline values were recorded by either hair diameter (-1.4 /-5.2%) or F-G score ( 5.4 /-3.7%) assessment in the placebo group. In conclusion, spironolactone, flutamide, and finasteride are all effective in the treatment of hirsutism. After a 6-month course of therapy, the clinical efficacies of these drugs, at least at the doses used, are similar. ( info)

10/200. Valproate, hyperandrogenism, and polycystic ovaries: a report of 3 cases.

    BACKGROUND: Reproductive endocrine disorders characterized by menstrual disorders, polycystic ovaries, and hyperandrogenism seem to be common among women treated with sodium valproate for epilepsy. OBJECTIVE: To describe the development of valproate-related reproductive endocrine disorders in women with epilepsy. DESIGN: Case report. patients: Three patients developed a reproductive endocrine disorder during treatment with valproate. It was characterized by hyperandrogenism and polycystic ovaries in all cases, and it was associated with weight gain and menstrual disorders in 2 of the 3 women. RESULTS: Replacing valproate with lamotrigine resulted in a decrease in serum testosterone concentrations in all 3 women. The polycystic changes disappeared from the ovaries in 2 of the women after valproate therapy was discontinued, and the 2 women who had gained weight and developed amenorrhea while being treated with valproate lost weight and resumed menstruating after the change in medication. CONCLUSIONS: The 3 cases presented here illustrate the development of reproductive endocrine disorders after the initiation of valproate therapy in women with epilepsy. The disorders were characterized by hyperandrogenism and polycystic ovaries in all cases, and were associated with weight gain and menstrual disorders in 2 of the 3 women. An evaluation of ovarian structure and function should be considered in women of reproductive age being treated with valproate for epilepsy, especially if they develop menstrual cycle disturbances during treatment. ( info)
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