Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Kinder, Gentler Endometriosis Treatment

PostedNovember 23, 2003

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Engineers and scientists at Temple University are developing a new system that they say will permanently freeze away the problem tissue within minutes, even without anesthesia.  It gently circulates a super-cold fluid to every nook and cranny of the uterus.  Scientists say the chemical is so safe that, when warm, it can literally be breathed.   Like a hysterectomy, the procedure would leave a woman infertile, since the uterine lining is needed for egg implantation.  But remaining reproductive organs would stay intact, which means no need for hormone therapy.  And researchers say future innovations may even keep fertility hopes alive.  The procedure is scheduled for human trials next year.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.