MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) is effective for the distinct pattern of uterine fibroids seen in African-American women: Data from phase III/IV, non-randomized, multicenter clinical trials

Ronit Machtinger, Fiona M. Fennessy, Elizabeth A. Stewart, Stacey A. Missmer, Katharine F. Correia, Clare M.C. Tempany

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Abstract

Background: Uterine fibroids are common among women at the reproductive age. Magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) is a novel and a conservative treatment for symptomatic cases. The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of MRgFUS in African-American (AA) women compared with that in non-African-Americans (non-AA). Methods: A single-armed phase IV study was conducted to establish the efficacy of treatment in AA women. Comparison of patient, fibroid, and treatment characteristics from this trial was compared with that of the previously published phase III trial. Both studies were approved by the IRB of each medical center. Results: Sixty-three AA and 59 non-AA women were treated with MRgFUS. Although AA women had a different pattern of disease, outcomes were similar in both groups. AA patients had a significant higher total number of fibroids compared with non-AA (median 6.0, interquartile range (IQR) 3.0-10.0 vs. 2.0, IQR 1.0-4.0, respectively, p < 0.001), although their total fibroid volume was significantly smaller (median 196.9 cm3, IQR 112.8-415.3 cm3 vs. 394.8 cm3, IQR 189.8-674.4 cm3, respectively, p < 0.001). AA women were younger compared with non-AA (mean ± SD 43.4 ± 5.1 vs. 46.3 ± 4.1 years of age, respectively, p = 0.001) when they presented for treatment. The rate of alternative treatments as well as fibroid-associated symptoms at follow-up time points (3, 6, 12, 24, and 36 months, period following MRgFUS treatment) did not differ according to race (p ≥ 0.62). Conclusion: Despite differences in the pattern of fibroid disease, MRgFUS for uterine fibroids has a similar efficacy for AA women compared with non-AA women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number23
JournalJournal of Therapeutic Ultrasound
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2 2013

Keywords

  • African-American
  • Alternative treatment
  • Fibroids
  • Leiomyoma
  • MRgFUS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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