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Doctor insights on: What Does Endometrial Tissue Look Like

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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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Can a doc just look at tissue from d & c and say that it's probably not endometrial cancer?

Can a doc just look at tissue from d & c and say that it's probably not endometrial cancer?

No: He / she is free to look but visuals on D&C products are famously unreliable. The pathologist needs to look, and if you have any doubts, you can it read by several of us. ...Read more

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Can endometrial cancer look like a normal endometrium in secretory phase? Or are there usually other sonographic features? What stage would this be?

Can endometrial cancer look like a normal endometrium in secretory phase? Or are there usually other sonographic features? What stage would this be?

Yes: Ultrasound is not a good predictor for endometrial cancer. That requires a biopsy. Ultrasound may indicate which women need a biopsy depending on their age and clinical circumstances. At age 24, women are at rare risk of endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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Can endometrial cancer look like adenomyosis on ultrasound?

Can endometrial cancer look like adenomyosis on ultrasound?

Possibly: Endometrial cancer in the early stages can appear as a widened endometrial strip on ultrasound. This can mimic adenomyosis. If there is bleeding, this should be evaluated by a gynecologist and perhaps with a d&c. ...Read more

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What should be done when pap shows normal endometrial tissue on day 8 of cycle?

What should be done when pap shows normal endometrial tissue on day 8 of cycle?

Probably nothing: It is not unusual to find endometrial cells on a pap smear in the first 14 days of the menstrual cycle. When these cells are found in women over 40, they may prompt additional testing, including an endometrial biopsy to make sure there is no endometrial pathology. ...Read more

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How much tissue is actually removed in an endometrial biopsy?

How much tissue is actually removed in an endometrial biopsy?

Not much but enough: Very little tissue is removed during an endometrial biopsy but multiple studies show that the amount is adequate to make an accurate diagnosis. The main purpose is to rule out cancer or premalignant lesions called endometrial hyperplasia. ...Read more

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Diagnosis on my endometrial biopsy states: no tissue recovered after routine processing. What does that mean?

Diagnosis on my endometrial biopsy states: no tissue recovered after routine processing. What does that mean?

See below: The biopsy did not recover enough tissue for processing for microscopic examination. Your endometrium may be so atrophic that it did not yield tissue on biopsy or it may have been a technical problem. Please discuss the matter with your doctor to see if an other attempt at biopsy is warranted. ...Read more

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