Truth, Theory, or Tall Tale?

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Endometriosis will one day be diagnosed through a simple blood test.

Theory

There are several past and ongoing studies which are trying to identify “markers” which may lead the medical community to diagnose Endometriosis through a blood or tissue sample.  Imagine it: a non-invasive, conclusive diagnosis.  It’s still a theory…a hope…

Dr. Agarwal and Dr. Foster of San Diego’s Center for Endometriosis Research and Treatment are currently working on a project to see if a “BDNF” blood test will help diagnose Endo.  They have high hopes for this project.

The Feinstein Institute of Medical Research has an ongoing study to collect and evaluate DNA and menstrual blood samples of women with, and without, Endometriosis.  Their hope is to identify additional markers that separate Endo Sufferers from the general population.

CA-125 has been a long-studied biomarker which may indicate the presence, or recurrence, of Endometriosis.  Unfortunately, it has been deemed widely unreliable.  It is also used to attempt to diagnose ovarian cancer.  Additional studies are ongoing.

With persistent research, perhaps one day Endo will be simply diagnosed with a blood test!

Keep up the good work, Scientific and Medical Community!

Resources:

Center for Endometriosis Research and Treatment

Central European Journal of Immunology : 2015 (Abstract) Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines for Evaluation of Inflammatory Status in Endometriosis

Hindawi Publishing Corporation : 2015 (Abstract) Update on Biomarkers for the Detection of Endometriosis

Informa Healthcare : 2014 (Abstract) Biomarker Development in Endometriosis

Informa Healthcare : 2014 (Abstract) Noninvasive Biomarkers of Endometriosis: Myth or Reality

Interview with Dr. Agarwal

Medscape

Sage Journals : 2014 (Abstract) Peripheral Blood Telomere Content is Greater in Patients with Endometriosis Than Controls

Science Direct : 2015 (Abstract) Circulating Micro-RNAs as Diagnostic Biomarkers for Endometriosis: Privation and Promise

Science Direct : 2014 (Abstract) Urine Peptide Patterns for Non-Invasive Diagnosis of Endometriosis: a Preliminary Prospective Study

The Feinstein Institute of Medical Research

Wiley Online Library : 2015 (Abstract) Serum Biomarker for Diagnosis of Endometriosis

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