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At the time of my laparoscopy, my doctor was not able to get a biopsy. Is the physical appearance of endometriosis adequate for diagnosis?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Generally

Biopsy is best but visual along with the typical symtpomatology is adequate.
The most painful lesions, however, are not the most obvious & we can only see 65% of the endometriosis that may be present.

In brief: Generally

Biopsy is best but visual along with the typical symtpomatology is adequate.
The most painful lesions, however, are not the most obvious & we can only see 65% of the endometriosis that may be present.
Dr. Bryan Treacy
Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Biopsy endo

Endometriosis may look like many other things especially atypical endometriosis, for which reason a tissue diagnosis is very important to accurately diagnose the disease.

In brief: Biopsy endo

Endometriosis may look like many other things especially atypical endometriosis, for which reason a tissue diagnosis is very important to accurately diagnose the disease.
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
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Dr. Susan Johnson
A 2nd opinion & surgery with an advanced laparoscopist can aid in the diagnosis & planning treatment
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not always

Excision of endometriosis is important for the diagnosis since other conditions (endosalpingiosis and hemosiderin deposits) look similar. You could be referred to a specialist who can do the resection.

In brief: Not always

Excision of endometriosis is important for the diagnosis since other conditions (endosalpingiosis and hemosiderin deposits) look similar. You could be referred to a specialist who can do the resection.
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES

Endometriosis symptoms and seeing tissue suspicious of it during a laparoscopy is adequate for a diagnosis.
If it is not very severe, there will be less, endometrial tissue to biopys.

In brief: YES

Endometriosis symptoms and seeing tissue suspicious of it during a laparoscopy is adequate for a diagnosis.
If it is not very severe, there will be less, endometrial tissue to biopys.
Dr. Scott Grover
Dr. Scott Grover
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