Long-term follow-up of patients with polycystic ovary syndrome after laparoscopic ovarian drilling: Endocrine and ultrasonographic outcomes

Jessop Wing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, University of Sheffield, Tree Root Walk, Sheffield S10 2SF, UK.
Human Reproduction (Impact Factor: 4.57). 11/2002; 17(11):2851-7. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/17.11.2851
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There is considerable controversy as to how long the beneficial effects of laparoscopic ovarian drilling (LOD) last. This follow-up study was undertaken to investigate the long-term effects of LOD.
The study included 116 anovulatory women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who underwent LOD between 1991 and 1999 (study group) and 34 anovulatory PCOS women diagnosed during the same period, who had not undergone LOD (comparison group). The hospital records were reviewed and most patients attended for a transvaginal ultrasound scan and blood sampling to measure the serum concentrations of LH, FSH, testosterone, androstenedione and sex hormone-binding globulin. The results before and at different intervals, short- (<1 year), medium- (1-3 years) and long-term (4-9 years), after LOD were compared.
The LH:FSH ratio, mean serum concentrations of LH and testosterone and free androgen index decreased significantly after LOD and remained low during the medium- and long-term follow-up periods. The mean ovarian volume decreased significantly (P < 0.05) from 11 ml before LOD to 8.5 ml at medium-term and remained low (8.4 ml) at long-term follow-up.
The beneficial endocrinological and morphological effects of LOD appear to be sustained for up to 9 years in most patients with PCOS.

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    • "LOD has been proven to significantly reduce circulating AMH levels [26], with values remaining significantly reduced up to 6 months after the procedure [16]. The mechanic effect of LOD on polycystic ovaries may reside in destruction of small antral and pre-antral follicles, besides stroma, resulting in a relatively long term impact on circulating levels of AMH, LH, and total and free testosterone [27]. As a result of these changes, increased ovulation and pregnancy rates have been documented after LOD in patients with PCOS. "
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    • "LOD is an effective procedure in properly selected cases, because drilling appears to be equally effective with lesser chances of multiple pregnancies [45, 46]. In LOD treatment, high success pregnancy rates of around 60 % are expected after treatment within 6 months of time with a low risk of adverse effects in PCOS, and peak pregnancy rate is seen around 6–9 months after surgery [47]. "
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