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Management of Deep Endometriosis

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  • CHARLES CHAPRON,

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    1. Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Service de Chirurgie Gynécologique, Clinique Universitaire Baudelocque, CHU Cochin Saint Vincent de Paul, 75014 Paris, France
    • Address for correspondence: Professeur Charles Chapron, Service de Chirurgie Gynécologique, Clinique Universitaire Baudelocque, CHU Cochin Saint Vincent de Paul, 123 Boulevard Port Royal, 75014 Paris, France. Voice: 01-58-41-19-14; fax: 01-58-41-18-70; charles.chapron@cch.ap-hop-paris.fr.

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  • JEAN-BERNARD DUBUISSON

    1. Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Service de Chirurgie Gynécologique, Clinique Universitaire Baudelocque, CHU Cochin Saint Vincent de Paul, 75014 Paris, France
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Abstract

Deep endometriosis is defined as an endometriotic lesion that penetrates the retroperitoneal space for a distance of ≥5 mm. Deep endometriosis is extremely active, occurs in phase with eutopic endometrium, evolves progressively with age, and is most often located in the pouch of Douglas, the rectovaginal septum, the uterosacral ligaments, and occasionally in the uterovesical fold. These lesions are associated with pelvic pain, the intensity of which is proportional to the depth of penetration. It is clear that choice of treatment depends on the location of the endometriotic lesion. In this paper we describe our methods for the initial diagnosis and subsequent treatment of deep endometriosis. These include consultation and clinical examination protocols, use of rectal endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and transvaginal ultrasonography techniques in diagnosis and surgical treatment approaches.

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