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Will an ultrasound help my doctor diagnose endometriosis?

Will an ultrasound help my doctor diagnose endometriosis?

Yes: Mainly if there is a complex cyst in the ovaries that could help prepare the plan for surgery. A negative ultrasound does not exclude the disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Can u still have endometriosis or ovarian cancer w/ a clear transvaginal ultrasound? My doc says my ovaries are normal and my tiny cyst is gone. I have tons of pelvic pain & my mom has the brca2 gene.

Can u still have endometriosis or ovarian cancer w/ a clear transvaginal ultrasound? My doc says my ovaries are normal and my tiny cyst is gone. I have tons of pelvic pain & my mom has the brca2 gene.

Yes and No: Yes: you could definitely have endometriosis with a clear ultrasound, but would not likely have an endometrioma of the ovary no: it would be pretty unlikely to have ovarian cancer with a clear ultrasound and even if you did have extremely early undetectable cancer, it would not cause pain. ...Read more

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My doctor suspects endometriosis or twisting of my left ovary (ultra sound shows no cysts). What are the distinct differences in those two things?

My doctor suspects endometriosis or twisting of my left ovary (ultra sound shows no cysts). What are the distinct differences in those two things?

Difference: Endometriosis is the spread of endometrial tissue from beyond the inside of the uterus into different parts of the abdomen and pelvis. This tissue "menstruates" along with a typical cycle, which can causes enormous pain. Ovarian torsion is the twisting of the ovary (and its vascular supply) along its axis, which can starve the ovary of blood and cause pain. ...Read more

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What to expect when i get my ultrasound for endometriosis?

Endometriosis: The ultrasound should let you know if you have a endometrioma (cyst from endometriosis) in your ovary. It won't help if you have scar tissue or other types of endometriosis. Those can only be identified surgically. ...Read more

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How helpful is a pelvic sonogram (ultrasound) in diagnosis of endometriosis?

How helpful is a pelvic sonogram (ultrasound) in diagnosis of endometriosis?

Endo dx: Only of there is a mass, ultrsound is very non specific tool. Laparoscopy continues to be the gold standard for the diagnosis of endometriosis. ...Read more

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Does endometriosis show up on an ultrasound?

Does endometriosis show up on an ultrasound?

No: No. Endometriosis is diagnosed based on symptoms or during surgery. The only way to for sure know it is endometriosis is to see it at surgery and biopsy the spot. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to prepare for an ultrasound for endometriosis?

Can someone tell me how to prepare for an ultrasound for endometriosis?

Ultrasound: You don't need any special preparation. If they are going to do a transabdominal scan alone or in addition to transvaginal, they might want you to arrive with your bladder full. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis be detected by a transvaginal ultrasound?

Probably not: 22y female asks if endometriosis, EM, is detectable by "transvaginal ultrasound". Since EM is a theoretical clinical disease in search of a diagnostic benchmark, the answer is "probably no". Let's see what the experts have to say. Pathologists I have spoken to have not confirmed that tissue diagnosis is definitive. Be wary of invasive procedures which incite adhesions & "EM" & IBS-like symptoms. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ stage 4 endometriosis in 2010. Had a laparoscopy in 2010 & a laparotomy in 2011. My ultrasounds are clear but still have pain (sometimes debilitating). Should I have another laparoscopy?

Hormone suppression: Laparoscopy and laparotomy will be sufficient to get rid of adhesions and masses in the belly, however surgery will never get rid of the route cause of your endometriosis which is the presence and production of estrogen. You would need to remove both ovaries or be placed on medications to suppress your hormones to see effects on the endometriosis. Lupron (leuprolide) injections. ...Read more

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Would a trans vaginal ultrasound/pelvic ultrasound detect endometriosis ?

Give indication: Xr, and anything without direct visualization give an indication as to what is suspected. The symptoms, the exam and the history makes a doctor arrive at a diagnosis as the most likely thing. If in doubt, then direct visualization needed. I hope that gives you reassurance. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where some endometrial tissue, which is lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more