A recent study into endometriosis found that the genes related to this condition also connect to nearly 12 other painful problems, like migraines. This discovery might help researchers learn more about what causes the disease and find new ways to treat it.
According to Endometriosis UK, around 1.5 million women across the country suffer with this painful and debilitating condition. It is often misdiagnosed and can take years for patients to receive the help they need. So, let’s look at what the study found and why it’s a big deal.
Latest study reveals genetic risk factors of Endometriosis
A new study carried out by the University of Queensland in Australia, alongside the University of Oxford, compared the DNA of 60,000 women with endometriosis to 700,000 women without it. This study is the biggest of its kind.
In the past, scientists have linked its risk factors to conditions with similar symptoms, like depression and stomach issues. This new research has also found a connection between certain genes related to endometriosis and other painful or inflammation-related conditions such as migraines, chronic back pain, asthma, and osteoarthritis.
These results can help future studies focus more on what these specific genes do. This would in turn develop a deeper understanding which could help in the creation of new treatments for endometriosis.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common, inflammatory illness characterised by the growth of tissue resembling the uterus lining, outside of the uterus. Chronic pain in the pelvic region is the most common symptom of this disease, although it can also cause digestive and urinary problems, as well as ongoing fatigue.
The root cause of endometriosis isn’t fully understood, but early research suggests that genetics may play a significant role. While up to 50% of cases appear to be hereditary, only a small number of genetic risk factors have been discovered up until this latest study.
Current Endometriosis treatments
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for endometriosis right now, and managing its symptoms can be challenging. The objective of treatment is to alleviate symptoms to enable normal daily activities.
While endometriosis may sometimes improve without intervention, it can worsen without treatment. The treatment options vary and include pain relievers, hormone therapies, and surgical interventions.
At SureScan, our knowledgeable and friendly experts offer specialised diagnostic imaging services to detect endometriosis. We also provide professional guidance and treatment advice to those who are affected by the condition. Book a consultation today with one of our expert gynaecologists.