Women with endometriosis show a defect in natural killer activity resulting in a decreased cytotoxicity to autologous endometrium.


OBJECTIVE The role of natural killer (NK) cells in the decreased cellular immunity of women with endometriosis was investigated. DESIGN, SETTING, PATIENTS Thirty-four women were investigated prospectively before a CO2-laser laparoscopy for infertility and/or pain at the University Hospital Gasthuisberg. Endometriosis was scored blindly. MAIN OUTCOME… (More)