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Fertil Steril. 2011 Jun 30;95(8):2477-80. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.02.019. Epub 2011 Mar 10.

T helper (Th)1, Th2, and Th17 interleukin pathways in infertile patients with minimal/mild endometriosis.

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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Médicas, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.


In the present study, interleukin (IL)-10, IL-12, IL-17, and IL-23 levels were measured in serum and peritoneal fluid of women with minimal or mild endometriosis and compared with levels in controls without endometriosis. Higher IL-23 levels were encountered in the peritoneal fluid of women with endometriosis, suggesting a possible role of this cytokine in these women's infertility.

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