Gynecologists and reproductive endocrinologists, gynecologists who specialize in infertility and hormonal conditions, have the most experience in evaluating and treating endometriosis.
The condition can be very difficult to diagnose, however, because symptoms vary so widely, and may be caused by other conditions.
Among the ways doctors diagnosis the disease are:
Procedure for inspecting the abdominal cavity using a laparoscope; also surgery requiring use of a laparoscope. Laparoscopes use fibre-optic lights and small video cameras to show tissues and organs on a monitor. . At present, laparoscopy is still the gold standard for the diagnosis of endometriosis, and is commonly used for both diagnosis and treatment. Performed under general anesthesia, the surgeon inserts a miniature telescope called a laparoscope through a small incision in the navel to view the location, size and extent of abnormalities in the pelvic region, such as adhesions.
However, laparoscopy can't diagnose deep endometriosis disease, in which the endometrial endometrial /en·do·me·tri·al/ (en?do-me´tre-il) pertaining to the endometrium.
n relating to the end-ometrium or cavity of the uterus. tissue is hidden inside adhesions or underneath the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Many women have a combination of both deep and superficial (in which the endometrial tissue can be easily seen) endometrial disease.
Peritoneal peritoneal /peri·to·ne·al/ (per?i-to-ne´al) pertaining to the peritoneum.
pertaining to the peritoneum. tissue biopsy. During the laparoscopy, the doctor may remove a tiny piece of peritoneal tissue (the outer layer of the lining of the uterus) to confirm the presence of endometrium endometrium /en·do·me·tri·um/ (-me´tre-um) pl. endome´tria the mucous membrane lining the uterus.
n. pl. elsewhere in your body. This is recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG ACOG American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
ACOG American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists ), which notes that only an experienced surgeon familiar with the appearance of endometriosis should rely on visual inspection alone to make the diagnosis.
Ultrasonography, MRI and CT scan. An ultrasound uses sound waves to visualize the inside of your pelvic region, while an MRI uses magnets and a CT scan radiation. While these tests can suggest endometriosis, none can definitively confirm the condition.
At this point, there is no non-invasive method to diagnosis endometriosis, which is frustrating for both women and their health care providers.
Pelvic exam. A typical pelvic exam can't detect endometriosis unless there is a pelvic mass or lesion in the ovary that causes a cyst, which is relatively rare.
Medical history. A detailed medical history may offer your health care professional the earliest clues in making the correct diagnosis. According to the Endometriosis Association, clues you may be at risk for endometriosis include irritable bowel syndrome irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), condition characterized by frequently alternating constipation and diarrhea in the absence of any disease process. It is usually accompanied by abdominal pain, especially in the lower left quadrant, bloating, and flatulence. , frequent respiratory infections (a sign your immune system isn't working properly), allergies, chemical sensitivities, frequent yeast infections and severe menstrual cramps. A simple five-question test about these conditions can quickly determine if you are at risk.
Blood test. CA-125 is a blood test used to detect a certain protein commonly found in the blood of women with endometriosis. Although CA-125 commonly reveals an elevation in such blood protein in women with advanced endometriosis, it's not as sensitive to earlier stages of the disease.
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