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January 1997 Women's Health Watch
A recent edition of the British Medical Journal reported the case of a 47-year-old woman who was acutely admitted to hospital with loin pain, changes in bowel habits and general malaise. These symptoms had occurred for three months.
Six years previously she had had her uterus and ovaries removed because of endometriosis.
Two years after this operation she was put on oral oestrogen when she complained of hot flushes, irritability and vaginal soreness.
On admission to hospital she was found to have an abdominal mass, with an obstructed right kidney and partially obstructed left kidney. She had much reduced kidney function.
When a biopsy was taken of the abdominal mass it was found to be a re-occurrence of the endometriosis with no sign of malignancy. The woman was treated surgically and with goserelin injections to suppress oestrogen production. She was taken off the HRT.
Over a period of months her left kidney recovered but the right did not. The endometrial mass gradually reduced in size.
The authors concluded that HRT can reactivate endometriosis and that the re-occurrence can be more severe than the original disease with a greater chance of the ureters being obstructed. In patients with ureteric obstruction, as many as 25% will sustain irreversible renal damage because of the delay in diagnosis. Danazol is ineffective once fibrosis has occurred.
Ref: BMJ 1996; 312: 1221-2
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