Ivo Brosens

  • Professor Emeritus of the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium (1996)

Professor Brosens’ current interest in the field of endometriosis is focused on uterine and ovarian disorders associated with endometriosis.

There is increasing evidence that in women with endometriosis the uterine environment, including the endometrium and inner myometrium, is unfavourable for pregnancy and exposes to risks of defective deep placentation.

The Leuven group has developed transvaginal hydrolaparoscopy as a first-line office technique for the early diagnosis of ovarian endometriosis. The value of this technique for the early detection of ovarian cancer in women with endometriosis is currently being investigated.

Honorary memberships

  • Fellow ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK
  • British Fertility Society, UK
  • Royal Society of Medicine (Section Obstetrics and Gynaecology), UK
  • British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy
  • World Endometriosis Society
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • European Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy
  • International Federation of Fertility Societies
  • International Academy of Human Reproduction

Professor Brosens’ significant contribution to the endometriosis literature includes:

Guest Editor

Brosens I and Donnez J. The current status of endometriosis. Research and management. The proceedings of the 3rd World Congress on Endometriosis, Brussels, June 1992. The Parthenon Publishing Group 1993.

Brosens I. Endometriosis. Baillière’s Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Volume 7/4, London 1993

Brosens I. Endometriosis. Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Volume 18/2, London 2004

Ten most cited papers on endometriosis published between 1978 and 2011 (total 133)

Brosens IA, Koninckx PR, Corveleyn PA. A study of plasma progesterone, oestradiol-17β, prolactin and LH levels, and of the luteal phase appearance of the ovaries in patients with endometriosis and infertility.  British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1978;85(4):246-250.

Koninckx PR, Renaer M, Brosens IA. Origin of peritoneal fluid in women: An ovarian exudation product. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1980;87(3):177-183.

Vasquez G, Cornillie F, Brosens IA. Peritoneal endometriosis: Scanning electron microscopy and histology of minimal pelvic endometriotic lesions.  Fertility and Sterility 1984;42(5):696-703.

Brosens I, Donnez J, Benagiano G.  Improving the classification of endometriosis. Human Reproduction, 8  1993;(11):1792-1795.

Wiegerinck MAHM, Van Dop PA, Brosens IA.  The staging of peritoneal endometriosis by the type of active lesion in addition to the revised American Fertility Society classification. Fertility and Sterility 1993;60(3):461-464.

Brosens IA, Puttemans PJ, Deprest J. The endoscopic localization of endometrial implants in the ovarian chocolate cyst. Fertility and Sterility 1994;61(6):1034-1038.

Brosens IA. Endometriosis – A disease because it is characterized by bleeding. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1997;176(2):263-267.

Brosens IA, Van Ballaer P, Puttemans P, Deprest J. Reconstruction of the ovary containing large endometriomas by an extraovarian endosurgical technique. Fertility and Sterility 1996;66(4):517-521.

Gordts S, Campo R, Brosens I. Office transvaginal hydrolaparoscopy for early diagnosis of pelvic endometriosis and adhesions. Journal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists 2000;7(1):45-49.

Brosens J, Verhoeven H, Campo R, Gianaroli L, Gordts S, Hazekamp J, Hagglund L, (…), Brosens IA. High endometrial aromatase P450 mRNA expression is associated with poor IVF outcome. Human Reproduction, 19  2004;2:352-356.