Endometriosis and unexplained recurrent spontaneous abortion: Pathological states resulting from aberrant modulation of natural killer cell function?

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The observation that natural killer (NK) cell activity is abnormally low in endometriosis patients and abnormally high in women with otherwise unexplained recurrent spontaneous abortion represents, at present, an intriguing curiosity. There is evidence suggesting that these conditions are associated with an opposite regulation of NK cell behaviour. This review discusses these observations and potential relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-51
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Reproduction Update
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1999



  • Endometriosis
  • Natural killer cells
  • NK cells
  • Recurrent spontaneous abortion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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