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Concept: Uterine artery


We report a case of a 35-year-old woman who underwent uterine artery embolization (UAE) for symptomatic multiple uterine fibroids with collateral aberrant right ovarian artery that originated from the right external iliac artery. We believe that this is the first reported case in the literature of this collateral uterine flow by the right ovarian artery originated from the right external iliac artery. We briefly present the details of the case and review the literature on variations of ovarian artery origin that might be encountered during UAE.

Concepts: Uterus, Hysterectomy, External iliac artery, Internal iliac artery, Uterine fibroids, Uterine artery embolization, Uterine artery, Ovarian artery


Several growth factor families have been shown to be involved in the function of the female reproductive tract. One subfamily of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) superfamily, namely the FGF8 subfamily (including FGF17 and FGF18), has become important as Fgf8 has been described as an oocyte-derived factor essential for glycolysis in mouse cumulus cells and aberrant expression of FGF18 has been described in ovarian and endometrial cancers. In this review, we describe the pattern of expression of these factors in normal ovaries and uteri in rodents, ruminants and humans, as well as the expression of their receptors and intracellular negative feedback regulators. Expression of these molecules in gynaecological cancers is also reviewed. The role of FGF8 and FGF18 in ovarian and uterine function is described, and potential differences between rodents and ruminants have been highlighted especially with respect to FGF18 signalling within the ovarian follicle. Finally, we identify major questions about the reproductive biology of FGFs that remain to be answered, including (1) the physiological concentrations within the ovary and uterus, (2) which cell types within the endometrial stroma and theca layer express FGFs and (3) which receptors are activated by FGF8 subfamily members in reproductive tissues.

Concepts: Biology, Uterus, Reproductive system, Female reproductive system, Vagina, Ovary, Uterine artery, Oviduct


 Purpose of this paper to present results of a group of 21 consecutive patients who underwent uterine artery embolization (UAE) immediately before myomectomy. Surgical myomectomy can lead to a substantial blood loss in case of large or multiple tumors due to the hypervascularization of the tumors. This may lead to multiple blood transfusion or hysterectomy. In cases were the preservation of the uterus is demanded, pre-operative embolization could reduce the risk of substantial bleeding.

Concepts: Blood, Uterus, Surgery, Hysterectomy, Blood transfusion, Uterine fibroids, Uterine artery embolization, Uterine artery


To ascertain whether uterine artery Doppler screening for pre-eclampsia (PE) and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) risk in the second trimester and targeted surveillance improve maternal and perinatal outcomes in an unselected population.

Concepts: Pregnancy, Uterus, Obstetrics, Uterine artery


Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common physical pediatric neurodevelopmental disorder and spastic diplegic injury is its most frequent subtype. CP results in substantial neuromotor and cognitive impairments that have significant socioeconomic impact. Despite this, its underlying pathophysiological mechanisms and etiology remain incompletely understood. Furthermore, there is a need for clinically relevant injury models, which a) reflect the heterogeneity of the condition and b) can be used to evaluate new translational therapies. To address these key knowledge gaps, we characterized a chronic placental insufficiency (PI) model, using bilateral uterine artery ligation (BUAL) of dams. This injury model results in intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) in pups, and animals recapitulate the human phenotype both in terms of neurobehavioural and anatomical deficits.

Concepts: Medicine, Uterus, Pediatrics, Knowledge, Cerebral palsy, Vagina, Uterine artery, Ovarian artery


To assess efficacy of two different techniques of lidocaine injection in the uterine arteries to reduce pain following uterine artery embolization (UAE) for leiomyomas.

Concepts: Uterus, Randomized controlled trial, Smooth muscle, Vagina, Uterine artery embolization, Uterine artery, Ovarian artery


Ascending infection from the colonized vagina to the normally sterile intrauterine cavity is a well-documented cause of preterm birth. The primary physical barrier to microbial ascension is the cervical canal, which is filled with a dense and protective mucus plug. Despite its central role in separating the vaginal from the intrauterine tract, the barrier properties of cervical mucus have not been studied in preterm birth.

Concepts: Childbirth, Uterus, Female reproductive system, Cervix, Vagina, Vulva, Birth, Uterine artery


The object of this study is to investigate the prognosis and potential histologic origin of uterine intravenous leiomyomatosis (IVL). We retrospectively analyzed the clinicopathologic and immunohistochemical features of 13 cases of IVL from a single institute. The patients underwent hysterectomy (3 with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and 8 with excision of the broad ligaments and/or parametrium). They survived with no evidence of disease for 6-90 months. Intravascular worm-like plugs were macroscopically identified in the myometrium in 10 of 13 cases (76.9%). Six patients (46.1%) had extra-uterine involvement. Histopathologically, the intravascular tumor foci were covered with endothelium. We found the presence of congested vessels in the tumor and the surrounding myometrium in 9 of 13 cases (69.2%). The concurrent entities included seven uterine leiomyomas, one leiomyoma with adenomyosis, one adenomyosis, and one pulmonary benign metastasizing leiomyoma. Estrogen receptor and desmin were positive in IVL, and negative in the vascular wall. We conclude that IVL confined to the uterus may have a favorable prognosis, and we believe IVL is likely to originate from contiguous leiomyoma or myometrium.

Concepts: Uterus, Menopause, Anatomical pathology, Endometrium, Adenomyosis, Leiomyoma, Myometrium, Uterine artery


Hysterectomies (i.e., surgical removal of the uterus) are the prevailing solution to treat medical conditions such as uterine cancer, endometriosis, and uterine prolapse. One complication of hysterectomies is accidental injury to the ureters located within millimeters of the uterine arteries that are severed and cauterized to hinder blood flow and enable full uterus removal. This work explores the feasibility of using photoacoustic imaging to visualize the uterine arteries (and potentially the ureter) when this imaging method is uniquely combined with a da Vinci®surgical robot that enables teleoperated hysterectomies. We developed a specialized light delivery system to surround a da Vinci®curved scissor tool, and an ultrasound probe was placed externally, representing a transvaginal approach, to receive the acoustic signals. Photoacoustic images were acquired while sweeping the tool across our custom 3-D uterine vessel model covered inex vivobovine tissue that was placed between the 3-D model and the fiber, as well as between the ultrasound probe and the 3-D model. Four tool orientations were explored, and the robot kinematics were used to provide tool position and orientation information simultaneously with each photoacoustic image acquisition. The optimal tool orientation produced images with contrast [Formula: see text] and background signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) [Formula: see text], indicating minimal acoustic clutter from the tool tip. We achieved similar contrast and SNR measurements with four unique wrist orientations explored with the scissor tool in open and closed configurations. Results indicate that photoacoustic imaging is a promising approach to enable visualization of the uterine arteries to guide hysterectomies (and other gynecological surgeries). These results are additionally applicable to other da Vinci®surgeries and other surgical instruments with similar tip geometry.

Concepts: Uterus, Surgery, Urinary bladder, Hysterectomy, Vagina, Adenomyosis, Prolapse, Uterine artery


Mutations in ALPL, which encodes tissue-nonspecific isozyme alkaline phosphatase (TNSALP), cause hypophosphatasia (HPP). HPP is suspected by a low serum alkaline phosphatase (AlkP). We hypothesized that some patients with bone or dental disease have undiagnosed HPP caused by ALPL variants. Our objective was to discover the prevalence of these gene variants in the Vanderbilt DNA biobank (BioVU) and to assess phenotypic associations.

Concepts: DNA, Gene, Genetics, Evolution, Menopause, Alkaline phosphatase, Francis Crick, Uterine artery