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Focused ultrasound for the diagnosis of non-palpable endometriotic lesions of the abdominal wall: a not-uncommon surgical complication

Abstract

Endometriosis is a benign disease characterized by endometrial glands and stroma outside the endometrial cavity. We reported two cases of endometriosis of the abdominal wall, with subcutaneous and intramuscular localization, that became symptomatic a few years after a cesarean intervention. These cases have a clinical pattern quite similar to cutaneous endometriosis, but they are more difficult to diagnose through physical examination because they are barely palpable. In this sense, coupled with suggestive symptoms, ultrasound examination can confirm the clinical suspicion of endometriosis without the use of computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging.

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Cocco, G., Ricci, V., Boccatonda, A. et al. Focused ultrasound for the diagnosis of non-palpable endometriotic lesions of the abdominal wall: a not-uncommon surgical complication. J Ultrasound (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40477-019-00425-x

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Keywords

  • Endometriosis
  • Abdominal wall
  • Non-palpable mass
  • Cesarean scar
  • Ultrasound