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Keywords:

  • Endometriosis;
  • genetics;
  • immunology;
  • infertility;
  • malignancy;
  • treatment

Citation Olovsson M. Immunological Aspects of Endometriosis: An Update. Am J Reprod Immunol 2011; 66 (Suppl. 1): 101–104

Problem

Endometriosis is a very complex disease that profoundly affects the quality of life of many women.

Method of study

A review of the relationships between the female immune system and the occurrence and development of endometriosis.

Results

Function and dysfunction of the female immune system plays important roles in the initiation and progression of the disease and its relation to infertility and cancer.

Conclusions

Owing to obvious associations between endometriosis and the immune system, future treatment strategies might be based on immunological concepts and methods.