Endometriosis pp 201-206 | Cite as

Laparoscopy Versus Laparotomy in the Treatment of Endometriosis

  • Guomundur Arason
  • Anthony A. Luciano

Abstract

Although the term endometriosis was first introduced in Sampson’s classic publication in 1921, much about this disease remains uncertain.1 Prevalence, etiology, and pathogenesis are still speculative and symptoms are varied. Although pelvic pain and infertility are the predominant presenting problems, endometriosis frequently produces no symptoms. It is diagnosed in more than 10% of fertile women undergoing sterilization procedures.2 Since the basic knowledge of its pathophysiology is lacking, therapy remains controversial and, in many cases, palliative. Treatment may be medical, surgical, or both. Surgery may be conservative or radical therapy, and may be performed by open laparotomy or by operative laparoscopy.

Keywords

Estrogen Adenoma Prostaglandin Progesterone Infertility 

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  • Guomundur Arason
  • Anthony A. Luciano

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