Monday, September 26, 2011

Adhesions, Adhesions-Related Disorder or CAPPS – a way to think about the problem from the patient’s perspective.

Dallas TX. June 11 2010. The International Adhesions Society (IAS) is proud to post on its web site the results of groundbreaking and innovative research which will forever change the way the problem of adhesions is viewed.

The paper was published after Dr. Wiseman was invited to submit a manuscript for inclusion in a special volume of “Seminars in Reproductive Medicine” on the subject of adhesions. The paper is entitled: “Disorders of Adhesions or Adhesion-Related Disorder: Monolithic Entities or Part of Something Bigger—CAPPS? “ (click here for .pdf)

Since forming the International Adhesions Society (IAS) in 1996, it became increasingly obvious that the problems of patients suffering from adhesions were not just about adhesions. Accordingly, we were the first to coin the term “Adhesion Related Disorder” (ARD) to include the entire complex of pain, infertility, obstruction, nutrition, psychological and social issues that ARD sufferers and their families experience.

Based on formal patient surveys as well as thousands of emails and phone calls from patients, it became apparent to us that even the term ARD may be inadequate to address the problem. In reality, the ARD patient is part of a much larger group of patients who, in varying degrees, combinations and sequences experience a range of symptoms and conditions including endometriosis, interstitial cystitis (IC), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bowel obstruction and chronic abdominal and/or pelvic pain.

Although ‘‘adhesions’’ may start out as a single, stand-alone entity, an adhesions patient may develop a number of related conditions (ARD) which renders those patients practically indistinguishable from patients with multiple symptoms originating from other abdominal or pelvic conditions. (continued)

Click here for a pdf copy of the entire press release.

Click here for a .pdf copy of the CAPPS article

As always, our sincere thanks to the International Adhesion Society.
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