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Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting an estimated 10% of women of reproductive age in which pieces of endometrium – the lining of the uterus – grow elsewhere in the pelvis. This can cause pelvic and period pain, painful sexual intercourse, and subfertility.

Currently, the only way to definitively confirm the condition is through invasive surgery, called a laparoscopy, but French start-up Endodiag is developing a diagnostic method that avoids this. Its early testing system involves testing blood and endometrium samples, both of which can be taken without surgery.

‘We’ve been convinced since the beginning, and we still are, that being able to provide a non-invasive method of diagnosis much earlier is going to have an extremely significant impact on the treatment and quality of life of patients,’ said Endodiag CEO Cécile Réal.

Réal, a biomedical engineer and entrepreneur, who created her first start-up, which made orthopaedic implants, when she was just 25, co-founded Endodiag in 2011 with the aim of turning academic research into concrete products that can help patients.

Endometriosis is a progressive illness, so a delay in diagnosis means a delay in treatment and therefore the possibility of damage that could have been avoided, as well as fertility problems that could have been addressed sooner.

Endodiag aims to reduce the time it takes to diagnose endometriosis – which can sometimes be as much as a decade – not to mention make the process less traumatic for the women involved.

‘There’s a psychological as well as a physical suffering associated with endometriosis,’ Réal said. ‘Often women have been stuck in a kind of medical limbo for years, knowing something is wrong but being told everything is fine. It’s very important to be able to put a name to what is wrong.’

'Often women have been stuck in a kind of medical limbo for years, knowing something is wrong but being told everything is fine.'

Cécile Réal, Co-founder, Endodiag

Source : https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/non-invasive-tests-provide-quicker-diagnosis-endometriosis_en.html

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