The spectrum of endometrial pathology induced by progesterone receptor modulators

George L Mutter, Christine Bergeron, Liane Deligdisch, Alex Ferenczy, Mick Glant, Maria Merino, Alistair R W Williams, Diana L Blithe

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Progesterone receptor modulators (PRM) are hormonally active drugs effective in the management of endometriosis and uterine leiomyomata. The endometrial effects of progestin blockade by PRMs in premenopausal women are currently being evaluated in several clinical trials, but few pathologists have had access to these materials and published information of the histological changes is scanty. Eighty-four endometrial specimens from women receiving one of four different PRMs were reviewed by a panel of seven experienced gynecologic pathologists to develop consensus observations and interpretive recommendations as part of an NIH-sponsored workshop. Although the pathologists were blinded to agent, dose, and exposure interval, the review was intended to provide an overview of the breadth of possible findings, and a venue to describe unique features. Endometrial histology included inactive and normal-appearing cycling endometrium. Overtly premalignant lesions (atypical hyperplasia or EIN) were not seen. In a subset of cases, asymmetry of stromal and epithelial growth resulted in prominent cystically dilated glands with admixed estrogen (mitotic) and progestin (secretory) epithelial effects of a type not encountered in contemporary clinical practice. The variety of endometrial appearances suggested that findings might differ by agent and dose over time according to relationships that must be specified for each agent. The constellation of changes seen in those endometria with cystically dilated glands is so novel that new terminology and diagnostic criteria are required for pathologists to recognize them. The panel has designated these changes as PRM-associated endometrial changes (PAEC). Additional follow-up studies will be needed to fully define their natural history and relationship to specific agents and administration regimens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-8
Number of pages8
JournalModern Pathology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


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