Endometriosis is associated with an increased whole-blood thrombogenicity detected by a novel automated microchip flow-chamber system (T-TAS®)

Ginekol Pol. 2021 Sep 20. doi: 10.5603/GP.a2021.0153. Online ahead of print.


Objectives: Potential thrombotic and antifibrinolytic influence of endometriosis on haemostasis has been recently reported in the literature, as well as increased cardiovascular morbidity in women suffering from the disease. We performed a pilot study to assess the influence of endometriosis on the thrombus formation process underin vitroflow conditions.

Material and methods: This study compared women with confirmed endometriosis (n = 23) surgically and control healthy subjects (n = 10). In both groups, the same exclusion criteria were used: a prior episode of thrombosis diagnosed as acquired or inherited thrombophilia, neoplasm, and an uncertain family history of thrombosis. We evaluated the whole blood thrombogenicity using T-TAS® at a shear rate of 240 s-1 (Total-Thrombus Analysis System, Zacros, Japan).

Results: The blood clot formation initiation time (T10) and occlusion time (OT) were significantly shortened in the endometriosis group (p < 0.05). The area under the curve (AUC30) of blood clot time formation values (BCTF) was substantially higher in the patients suffering from a disease (p = 0.03). An increase in AUC (TTAS) values by 100 increases the risk of developing endometriosis by 1.56-fold [adjusted OR = 1.56 (p = 0.01);(95% CI: 1.10-2.18)]. Inflammatory markers (neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), and the leucocyte, neutrophil, basophil, and neutrophil concentrations) were also substantially higher in the endometriosis group (p < 0.05).

Conclusions: The alteration of the T-TAS and NLR values supports the thesis of a shift of the equilibrium towards thrombosis in women who have endometriosis. This phenomenon links to a state of chronic inflammation. It is detectable using a novel system for the quantitative assessment of the platelet thrombus formation process under flow conditionsin vitro.

Keywords: endometriosis; prothrombotic state; thrombosis.