Intestinal Endometriosis - characterized by the presence of tissue which is histologically identical to the inner lining of the uterine wall outside the uterine cavity. Usually, endometriosis is confined to the pelvic and lower abdominal cavity.
Endometriosis does not only occur in the gastrointestinal tract. On this page, we cover only Endometriosis that occurs in the GI tract.
Causes of Endometriosis
Endometriosis may not be the cause of infertility, but the result of it. The condition is often passed genetically and family history examination is a good tell for whether someone is at risk.
Symptoms of Intestinal Endometriosis
In cases of the disease not being severe, there may be no symptoms and the person may not even be aware that they have the disease. In cases where the disease is more severe, many symptoms will often show themselves.
Women with intestinal endometriosis have significant GI symptoms that vary with her menstrual cycle.
Intestinal Endometriosis Diagnosis
Diagnosis for intestinal endometriosis is usually made by examining history, because tests like x-rays or colonoscopy are inconclusive. Laparoscopy may or may not demonstrate implants on the bowel wall but you have to know where to look for them. Endometriosis implants in the bowel wall may not be detectable except at the time of open abdominal surgery.