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Abnormal uterine bleeding: getting our terminology straight.
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PMID:  18007139     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review highlights the difficulties currently caused by the ill-defined and confused use of terminologies to describe symptoms, signs and causes of abnormal uterine bleeding. It also attempts to put usage of modern terminologies in an historical context with important lessons for current usage. RECENT FINDINGS: Confused terminology has led to difficulties in interpreting the results of many clinical trials of new therapies and surgical procedures for abnormal uterine bleeding, and in understanding some studies investigating underlying mechanisms of bleeding. The confusion is so great that a major international expert group has recommended abolition of such terms as 'menorrhagia', 'metrorrhagia' and 'dysfunctional uterine bleeding', and replacement with much simpler terms to specifically cover cycle regularity, frequency, duration and heaviness of bleeding episodes, and to acknowledge a significant change in pattern for individual women. New terminologies are required to describe certain underlying causes of abnormal uterine bleeding. SUMMARY: Such discussion should be an ongoing process aimed towards good international agreement, which will greatly simplify the interpretation of clinical trials and scientific studies of mechanisms and treatment responses, and will contribute to the process of education at all levels.
Ian S Fraser; Hilary Od Critchley; Malcolm G Munro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in obstetrics & gynecology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1040-872X     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-16     Completed Date:  2008-02-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007264     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  591-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Queen Elizabeth 11 Research Institute foe Mothers and Infants, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
International Cooperation
Menorrhagia / classification,  diagnosis
Menstrual Cycle / physiology*
Metrorrhagia / classification,  diagnosis
Severity of Illness Index
Terminology as Topic
Uterine Hemorrhage / classification*,  diagnosis

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