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Vascular Disease Prevention (Discontinued)


ISSN (Print): 1567-2700
ISSN (Online): 1567-2700

Ultrasound Features of Polycystic Ovaries and Syndrome X: A Pilot Study

Author(s): William Atiomo, Steve Shaw, Dimitri P. Mikhailidis, T. Wilkin and Paul Hardiman

Volume 1, Issue 3, 2004

Page: [263 - 267] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/1567270010401030263

Price: $65


The aim of this study was to determine whether ultrasound features of polycystic ovaries (PCO) are associated with Metabolic Syndrome (MetS), a condition linked with an increased risk of vascular events. A total of 66 women had ultrasound scans of their ovaries. There was no significant difference in the prevalence of MetS among women with unilateral or bilateral ultrasound evidence of PCO compared with women with no ultrasound evidence of PCO. The finding of PCO alone on ultrasound may be of no metabolic significance and a poor screening tool for cardiovascular risk. Resources should be shifted from the current emphasis on ultrasound diagnosis of PCO Syndrome to improved endocrine and metabolic characterisation and treatment. This approach may, in turn, identify those women at highest risk of vascular events.

Keywords: polycystic ovary syndrome, ultrasound, metabolic syndrome (mets), plasminogen activator system, transvaginal or abdominal ultrasound scans, echogenic ovarian stroma, syndrome x, high density lipoprotein, bmi

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