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Gynecol Endocrinol. 1987 Dec;1(4):363-71.

Placebo-controlled comparison of danazol and high-dose medroxyprogesterone acetate in the treatment of endometriosis after conservative surgery.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Oulu, Finland.


To evaluate the clinical value of postoperative hormone therapy in endometriosis, 60 patients with advanced disease were randomized to receive in a double-blind study danazol (200 mg, 3 times daily), medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) (100 mg daily) or placebo post-operatively for 6 months. Treatment efficacy was evaluated clinically and at laparoscopy 6 months after medication. In relation to placebo, danazol and high-dose MPA treatments, which did not differ from each other in efficacy, significantly alleviated pelvic pain. In addition, the peritoneal endometriosis lesions found at 6-months laparoscopy were significantly smaller in the MPA and danazol groups than in the placebo group. Breakthrough bleeding, weight gain and acne complicated danazol treatment but only breakthrough bleeding complicated MPA treatment. These data suggest that postoperative treatment of advanced endometriosis with high-dose MPA or danazol is clinically beneficial.

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