Medical researchers mull renaming PCOS

Conference on Endocrine Disorders

SRINAGAR: The medical researchers are mulling to change the name of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), an endocrine disorder prevalent among women.

This was announced at a conference was organized by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology LD Hospital and Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar in collaboration with Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Srinagar (SOGS) under the aegis of North Zone YUVA FOGSI.

Around 300 delegates drawn from national and international faculties deliberated on various endocrine problems during the conference.

Prominent speakers included renowned endocrinologists including Prof Enrico Carmina, Longa Rosa Alba, Prof Neena Malhotra (AIIMS), Dr Ashraf (AIIMS), Dr Shariq (SKIMS) and others.

Prof Enrico Carmina, noted endocrinologists from University of Plerrmo Italy, is the chairman and Executive Director of Androgen Excess PCOS Society of the World.

Prof Enrico Carmina and Dr Ashraf informed the conference about the convening of joint consensus of 19 societies of the world to be held immediately after the AE-PCOS Annual Conference which will be held in October 2015 in Syracuse, Sicily. “The purpose of the consensus is to give a new name to PCOS,” they said.

PCOS is one of the most common disorders affecting young women. It is estimated that about 7.5% to 10% of women of child bearing age (about 5 million women in the US) suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Dr Ashraf said that since the disorder is common in Kashmir, it is no longer a gynecological disorder. “We are likely to collaborate with Italian investigators for comparative research since the disease is less common in Europe,” he said.

He strongly recommended that the government must screen pregnant women and newborn children for various endocrine disorders to protect the next generation from developing physical morbidities associated with the congenital disorder.

Dr Shehnaz Teng and Dr Farhat Jabeen also addressed the conference.

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