Polycystic ovary syndrome in women using valproate: a review.
ABSTRACT Valproate (VPA) is a highly effective drug successfully employed in several neuropsychiatric diseases. In the last 15 years, an increased prevalence of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) associated with VPA use has been reported in both women with epilepsy and women with bipolar disorders. However, data on this subject are contrasting and it is possible that different factors might play a role in the development of PCOS in these patients. The risk of developing PCOS during VPA treatment seems to be higher in women with epilepsy than in women with bipolar disorders, and this might be due to an underlying neuroendocrine dysfunction related to the seizure disorder. Gynecologists must be aware of the possibility that PCOS in these populations of patients might be related to VPA use, and a careful multi-specialist approach is required for evaluating the risks and benefits of this treatment in the presence of features of PCOS.
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ABSTRACT: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders among women of reproductive age. A higher prevalence of psychiatric comorbidities, including depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder has been proved in patients with PCOS. However, a clear temporal causal relationship between PCOS and psychiatric disorders has not been well established. We explored the relationship between PCOS and the subsequent development of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and sleep disorder. We identified patients who were diagnosed with PCOS by an obstetrician-gynecologist in the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. A comparison cohort was constructed of patients without PCOS who were matched according to age and sex. The occurrence of subsequent new-onset psychiatric disorders was evaluated in both cohorts based on diagnoses made by psychiatrists. The PCOS cohort consisted of 5431 patients, and the comparison cohort consisted of 21,724 matched control patients without PCOS. The incidence of depressive disorder (hazard ratio [HR] 1.296, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.084-.550), anxiety disorder (HR 1.392, 95% CI 1.121-1.729), and sleep disorder (HR 1.495, 95% CI 1.176-1.899) were higher among the PCOS patients than among the patients in the comparison cohort. In addition, a higher incidence of newly diagnosed depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and sleep disorder remained significantly increased in all of the stratified follow-up durations (0-1, 1-5, ≥5 y). PCOS might increase the risk of subsequent newly diagnosed depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and sleep disorder. The risk of newly diagnosed bipolar disorder, which has often been reported in the literature to be comorbid with PCOS, was not significantly elevated.PLoS ONE 05/2014; 9(5):e97041. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Background/aim It is controversial whether the endocrine dysfunction in epilepsy patients is caused by the epilepsy itself, the antiepileptic therapy, or both. We prospectively evaluated the long-term impact of valproic acid monotherapy compared to other anti-epileptic drugs on anthropometric, metabolic, hormonal, and ultrasonographic parameters in girls with epilepsy. Methods Fifty-seven female patients with epilepsy who had started therapy at mean age of 11.5±3.3 years, 42 with valproic acid (mean dose 13.1±7.0 mg/kg/day and 15 with other anti-epileptic agents were followed for a mean of 3.2 years (range 1.0-8.5 years) in our center. Clinical, hormonal and transabdominal pelvic ultrasound data were collected at 3 time points: before and 6-12 months after onset of anti-epileptic drug treatment; and at the last visit while patients were still taking anti-epileptic drugs. Results There were no significant between-group differences regarding changes in height, body mass index standard deviation score, levels of glucose and insulin, or lipid and endocrine profile from first to last visits. Mean thyroid-stimulating hormone level increased significantly between first and last visit only in the valproic acid group (p <0.001), with no significant difference in free T4 level over time or between groups. The rate of clinical polycystic ovary syndrome for the valproic acid group (11%) was comparable to that reported in healthy controls (5-10%). Conclusions Administration of valproic acid had no adverse effect on body weight, metabolic status or endocrine function over an average follow-up of 3.2 years. Valproic acid appears to be safe for use in girls with epilepsy.European Journal of Paediatric Neurology 11/2014; · 1.93 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Medical treatment of functional cysts and endometriomas, and the risk of developing functional ovarian cysts in different therapeutic situations are assessed. The available literature regarding the treatment of functional cysts is limited both by the number of studies and the variability of criteria used to define cysts. There is no evidence to support any efficiency of a medical treatment (LE1). However, oral contraceptive use reduces the risk of development of functional cysts (LE2). Using a second generation combination is recommended as a first-line option in order to reduce thromboembolic risk (LE1). Tamoxifen is significantly associated with an increased risk of developing unilocular cysts before menopause (LE2). For endometriomas, GnRH-agonists are not recommended before cystectomy in order to facilitate surgery (grade C) or to prevent recurrence (grade B). After surgery of endometriomas, the use of an intrauterine device with levonorgestrel or oral contraceptives significantly reduces the volume of the cyst in case of recurrence (LE3); oral contraceptives reduce the recurrence rate of endometriomas (LE2); the use of a low-dose oral contraceptive decreases the frequency and severity of long-term dysmenorrhea (LE1).Journal de Gynécologie Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction 12/2013; 42(8):774–785. · 0.62 Impact Factor