The Ovarian Endometrioma: Clinical Setting and Ultrasound Findings

  • Stefano GuerrieroEmail author
  • Silvia Ajossa
  • Cristina Peddes
  • Maura Perniciano
  • Bruna Soggiu
  • Jasjit S. Suri
  • Luca Saba
  • Gian Benedetto Melis


Ovarian endometrioma is defined as a pseudocyst arising from growth of ectopic endometrial tissue. The typical features of endometriomas are diffuse low-level internal echoes (“ground glass”) in the absence of particular neoplastic features and with a clear demarcation from ovarian parenchyma. Several studies report very high values of specificity with values of sensitivity usually ranging from 87 to 77 %.


Endometriosis Endometrioma Ovarian neoplasm Imaging Ultrasound Flow chart Ovarian mass 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Guerriero
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Silvia Ajossa
    • 1
  • Cristina Peddes
    • 1
  • Maura Perniciano
    • 1
  • Bruna Soggiu
    • 1
  • Jasjit S. Suri
    • 3
    • 4
  • Luca Saba
    • 5
  • Gian Benedetto Melis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of CagliariCagliariItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento Chirurgico Materno Infantile e di Scienze delle ImmaginiUniversità di CagliariCagliariItaly
  3. 3.CTO, Global Biomedical TechnologiesRosevilleUSA
  4. 4.Department of Biomedical EngineeringIdaho State University (Aff.)PocatelloUSA
  5. 5.Department of RadiologyUniversity of CagliariCagliariItaly

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