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Effects of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists on uterine volume and vasculature and on the immunohistochemical expression of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in uterine leiomyomas.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
0277-1691
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Volume
22
Issue
4
Pages
353–358
Identifiers
PMID: 14501815
Source
Medline
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Abstract

We investigated the effect of the GnRH agonist (GnRH-a) on the uterine volume and on the immunohistochemical expression of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and the vasculature of leiomyomas. Twenty-five women were treated with leuprorelin acetate for 3 months; 46 untreated patients were enrolled as a control group. The uterine volume was measured by ultrasonography. After myomectomy or hysterectomy, the immunoexpression of bFGF and the endothelial marker, CD34, was studied and compared in treated and untreated leiomyomas. Uterine volume decreased after therapy. The number of cells expressing bFGF and the vascularity were diminished in treated leiomyomas. Reduction in the blood supply might be responsible, in part, for uterine-volume shrinkage after GnRH-a therapy.

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