Diagnosing endometriosis

Symptoms and differential diagnosis

Patient articles & presentations

What are the classic symptoms of endometriosis?
What does endometriosis feel like? Which symptoms are 'classic' of this disease and which symptoms suggest something else might be at hand?

Is my pain due to endometriosis?
There are many sources of pelvic pain. It is important to differentiate between the various possible pathologies in order to decide upon an optimal treatment and so that the patient has realistic expectations as to the likely outcomes.

Adenomyosis - A common cause of uterine symptoms after age 30
What is adenomyosis? What are the symptoms? How does it different from endometriosis?

Methods of diagnosis

Patient articles & presentations

The role of record reviews in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis
A lot can be learned about a patient from taking a detailed history of her symptoms and by reviewing her medical records up until now.

Scientific articles & presentations

Patient preparation
This article examines the various steps needed in preparing the patient for the treatment of endometriosis, from differential diagnosis in the office to the correct identification of disease during laparoscopy and the various surgical considerations that must be borne in mind during and after surgery.

Laparoscopic diagnosis of endometriosis
Although the diagnosis of endometriosis can be strongly suspected by history and physical findings, correct diagnosis requires surgery. Laparoscopy is currently the most common method of surgical diagnosis. Accurate laparoscopy depends on specific technical and cognitive factors. Safe and proper patient positioning, trocar sites, and knowledge of the common locations and the protean visual manifestations of the disease are all important. Distinction between superficial and more deeply invasive disease is critical in applying the proper surgical therapy.