Editors of a medical research journal wanted to know the answers to certain endometriosis-related concerns, such as current clinical applications for surgical treatment, impacts on the ability to have a vaginal birth delivery, specific aspects of infertility, and its key molecular features.
Articles in a special issue from the journal BioMed Research International titled “The Impact of Endometriosis on the Health of Women 2016,” aimed to answer those questions.
The special edition includes six endometriosis research papers that focused on subjects such as the molecular physiology of the abnormal tissues as well as current clinical management and treatment options.
The selected papers were chosen by the edition’s three editors, all renowned experts in the field, including Dr. Mettler Liselotte. Liselotte is professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, Germany, and has written more than 700 articles, 20 books, and five textbooks in the field of reproductive medicine. She is also the general secretary of the International Academy of Human Reproduction (IAHR).
The papers Liselotte and her editorial colleagues chose include the following:
- Full-Thickness Excision versus Shaving by Laparoscopy for Intestinal Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis: Rationale and Potential Treatment Options
- Delivery after Operation for Deeply Infiltrating Endometriosis
- Decreased Cytotoxicity of Peripheral and Peritoneal Natural Killer Cell in Endometriosis
- Demographic and Clinical Features of Endometrial Polyps in Patients with Endometriosis
- The Serum Levels of the Soluble Factors sCD40L and CXCL1 Are Not Indicative of Endometriosis
- Epidemiology of Endometriosis in France: A Large, Nation-Wide Study Based on Hospital Discharge Data
Liselotte and her colleagues wrote in the edition’s opening letter that their hope in publishing the issue is that the readers will “think the selected articles offer an ideal opportunity to update our knowledge on some new achievements to diagnose and treat this disease and its following steps as possible infertility and problems even at deliveries.”
The readership for this special edition may be large because the journal is an open-access publication. This means the papers it publishes are available to anyone, free of charge. Equality in access of information allows both patients and healthcare providers to be aware of these important research findings.