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Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2013 Jun;287(6):1225-33. doi: 10.1007/s00404-013-2767-2. Epub 2013 Feb 22.

Possible effects of endometriosis-related immune events on reproductive function.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ondokuz Mayis, Kurupelit, 55139 Samsun, Turkey. arifkokcu@yahoo.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To examine possible effects of endometriosis-related immune events on reproductive function.

METHODS:

The synthesis and review of the relevant current literature in English language.

RESULTS:

The endometriosis-related immune events may have a negative impact on almost all components of the reproductive function including fallopian tube function, oocyte quality, sperm function, fertilization, embryo quality, endometrial receptivity, implantation and placentation.

CONCLUSIONS:

An important portion of the cases of infertility or miscarriage seen in women with endometriosis may be due to some immunological alterations associated with endometriosis.

PMID:
23430032
DOI:
10.1007/s00404-013-2767-2
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