Is neonatal uterine bleeding involved in the pathogenesis of endometriosis as a source of stem cells

Capsule:
Endometrial bleeding in the neonate, an event totally neglected by modern investigators, may play a role in the pathogenesis of at least early onset endometriosis and represent a potential source of endometrial stem cells. The bleeding is a well-established phenomenon occurring at the end of the first week, but is more often occult than visible. The structure and functional obstruction of the endocervical canal in the fetus at term suggest increased likelihood of retrograde flow of the endometrial shedding.

Authors:
Ivo Brosens, M.D., Ph.D., Giuseppe Benagiano, M.D., Ph.D.

Volume 100, Issue 3, Pages 622-623, September 2013

Abstract:

Endometrial bleeding in the neonate, an event totally neglected by modern investigators, may play a role in the pathogenesis of at least early onset endometriosis and represent a potential source of endometrial stem cells. The bleeding is a well-established phenomenon occurring at the end of the first week, but is more often occult than visible. The structure and functional obstruction of the endocervical canal in the fetus at term suggest increased likelihood of retrograde flow of the endometrial shedding.

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