October 8th, 2011

Podcast 133: Over 50 years later, DES’s adverse effects continue

A cluster of clear-cell adenocarcinomas of the vagina in young women led to the realization some 40 years ago that almost all their mothers had taken diethylstilbestrol during pregnancy — a drug in wide use in the early 1950s.

In a follow-up to that drug disaster, researchers (including one of the authors of the original reports in the early 1970s) have examined reproductive health in a large cohort of women exposed to DES in utero.  Their results were published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, and they show that the health effects apparently continue beyond the reproductive years. With that cohort — the baby boomers — now entering the stage of their lives when health visits start to increase, it’s worthwhile for clinicians to be briefed on these long-term effects.

This week, we talk with two authors of the new report.


Physician’s First Watch coverage (free)

NEJM article (free abstract)

One Response to “Podcast 133: Over 50 years later, DES’s adverse effects continue”

  1. […] Podcast 133: Over 50 years later, DES’ adverse effects continue Oct 8, 2011 – Joe Elia – Audio interview with Dr Hoover, author of the NEJM DES Study […]

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