Umbilical endometriosis

  • F. Frischknecht
  • L. Raio
  • A. Fleischmann
  • E. Dreher
  • K. P. Lüscher
  • M. D. MuellerEmail author
Case report


We report two women who presented with a recurrent, mildly painful, bluish nodule in the umbilicus. Both patients complained of local tenderness and occasional bleeding that increased during menstruation. Neither patient had had previous pelvic surgery. Excision of the lesions revealed a primary umbilical endometriosis; in one case, a simultaneous laparoscopy showed a pelvic endometriosis. We review the current literature and discuss the possible etiopathogenesis and when a laparoscopy is indicated to diagnose a concomitant pelvic endometriosis. Umbilical endometriosis is a very rare disease but should be considered in the differential diagnosis of umbilical lesions.


Endometriosis Umbilical Etiopathology Laparoscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Frischknecht
    • 1
  • L. Raio
    • 2
  • A. Fleischmann
    • 3
  • E. Dreher
    • 2
  • K. P. Lüscher
    • 1
  • M. D. Mueller
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyKantonsspital Münsterlingen8596 Scherzingen, Switzerland
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyUniversity of Bern, Effingerstrasse 102, BernSwitzerland 3010
  3. 3.Institute of PathologyUniversity of Bern, Effingerstrasse 102, BernSwitzerland 3010

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