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Can somebody undergo laparoscopy and still have the diagnosis of endometriosis missed?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
At times endometriosis is a very subtle disease.
The endometriotic implants can vary in size and color. The colors can be clear, red, blue, brown, or black. They can appear under other organs and can usually be found by experience dlaparoscopic surgeons.

In brief: Yes
At times endometriosis is a very subtle disease.
The endometriotic implants can vary in size and color. The colors can be clear, red, blue, brown, or black. They can appear under other organs and can usually be found by experience dlaparoscopic surgeons.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
YES I see it frequently. As Dr Chin notes endometriosis can look many different ways, and unfortunately not all physicians are experienced in looking for it and treating it. I have done laparoscopies for many women who "had no endometriosis" on previous laparoscopy only to find extensive disease, proven by pathologic examination after removal.
Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Endometriosis can be missed even with laparoscopy.
A small amount of visible endometriosis can cause significant symptoms. Some gyn surgeons have more expertise in evaluating, diagnosing and treating endometriosis. Any laparoscopy is an excellent opportunity to make the diagnosis and aggressively remove all visible lesions.

In brief: Yes
Endometriosis can be missed even with laparoscopy.
A small amount of visible endometriosis can cause significant symptoms. Some gyn surgeons have more expertise in evaluating, diagnosing and treating endometriosis. Any laparoscopy is an excellent opportunity to make the diagnosis and aggressively remove all visible lesions.
Dr. Michael Swor
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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology
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In brief: Endo
Yes, depending on the surgeons expertise, specially if there are atypical lesions and or retropreitoneal fibrosis that are not unroofed.
You may not have endometriosis but ic/paiful bladder syndrome for example.

In brief: Endo
Yes, depending on the surgeons expertise, specially if there are atypical lesions and or retropreitoneal fibrosis that are not unroofed.
You may not have endometriosis but ic/paiful bladder syndrome for example.
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Yes
An experienced gynecologist is not likely to miss endometriosis, however it is possible.
Endometriosis implants begin as microscopic lesions not visible to the naked eye - they may grow for months or years until they are visible. However, the implants could still cause pain even before they are large enough to be recognized at the time of laparoscopy.

In brief: Yes
An experienced gynecologist is not likely to miss endometriosis, however it is possible.
Endometriosis implants begin as microscopic lesions not visible to the naked eye - they may grow for months or years until they are visible. However, the implants could still cause pain even before they are large enough to be recognized at the time of laparoscopy.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Location
Depending on the experience of the surgeon and the location of the endometriosis.
An MRI can help if the endometriosis is deep into the pelvis.

In brief: Location
Depending on the experience of the surgeon and the location of the endometriosis.
An MRI can help if the endometriosis is deep into the pelvis.
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
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In brief: Yes
Yes, but it is only possible if the endometriosis is very small.
Chances are probably less than 10 per cent that it would be missed.

In brief: Yes
Yes, but it is only possible if the endometriosis is very small.
Chances are probably less than 10 per cent that it would be missed.
Dr. Scott Grover
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