Diagnostic value of serum activin A and follistatin levels in women with peritoneal, ovarian and deep infiltrating endometriosis.

@article{Reis2012DiagnosticVO,
  title={Diagnostic value of serum activin A and follistatin levels in women with peritoneal, ovarian and deep infiltrating endometriosis.},
  author={Fernando Reis and Stefano Vincenzo Luisi and Mauricio Sim{\~o}es Abr{\~a}o and Ana Luiza Lunardi Rocha and Paola Vigan{\'o} and Carolina Passos de Rezende and Pasquale Florio and Felice Petraglia},
  journal={Human reproduction},
  year={2012},
  volume={27 5},
  pages={1445-50}
}
BACKGROUND Activin A is a growth factor, produced by the endometrium, whose actions are modulated by the binding protein follistatin. Both proteins are detectable in the peripheral serum and their concentrations may be increased in women with endometriosis. The present study was designed to evaluate whether serum levels of activin A and follistatin are altered, and therefore have a potential diagnostic value, in women with peritoneal, ovarian and deep infiltrating endometriosis. METHODS We… CONTINUE READING
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