Serum and peritoneal lavage fluid CA-125 levels in endometriosis

R. W. Moretuzzo, S. DiLauro, E. Jenison, S. L. Chen, R. H. Reindollar, P. G. McDonough

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Serum and peritoneal lavage fluid CA-125 levels were assayed in 20 women with endometriosis and 20 control women at the time of laparoscopy. Serum levels of CA-125 were significantly higher in women with endometriosis. Peritoneal lavage fluid CA-125 levels were significantly higher than serum levels but showed no significant difference between control and endometriosis patients. Peritoneal lavage fluid CA-125 did not follow expected dilution curves when attempts were made to validate the assay. Serum CA-125 levels were a more sensitive indicator of endometriosis than peritoneal lavage fluid CA-125 levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-433
Number of pages4
JournalFertility and sterility
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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