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Diagnosis and clinical presentation of endometriosis

  • G. David Adamson
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    Reprint requests: G. David Adamson, MD, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, 540 University Ave., Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
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    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California
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      Despite advances in diagnostic techniques, endometriosis remains an enigmatic condition. Clinical symptoms and signs often do not correlate with the anatomic stage of the disease, and morphologic characteristics vary widely. A definitive diagnosis can be established only by direct visualization, usually by laparoscopy. In some cases biopsy may be necessary to confirm the presence of disease.

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