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Endometriosis


Synonyms of Endometriosis
  • Endometrial Growths
  • Endometrial Implants
  • Endometriosis externa
  • Entometrioma

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Endometriosis (endo) is a puzzling hormonal and immune disease affecting girls and women from as young as eight to postmenopause. In endo, tissue like the endometrium (the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus and builds up and sheds each month in the menstrual cycle) is found outside the uterus, in other area of the body. In these locations outside the uterus, the endometrial tissue develops into what are called nodules, tumors, lesions, implants, or growths. These growths can cause pain, infertility, and other problems.

    Like the lining of the uterus, endometrial growths usually respond to the hormones of the menstrual cycle. They build up tissue each month and break down. The result is internal bleeding, degeneration of the blood and tissue shed from the growths, inflammation of the surrounding areas, and formation of scar tissue (adhesions). Other complications can be rupture of cysts (which can spread endo to new areas), intestinal bleeding or obstruction (if the growths are in or near the intestines), interference with bladder function (if growths are on or in the bladder), and other problems.

    Organizations related to Endometriosis
    • Endometriosis Association
      International Headquarters
      Milwaukee WI 53223
      Phone #: 414-355-2200
      800 #: 800-992-3636
      e-mail: endo@endometriosisassn.org
      Home page: http://www.endometriosisassn.org
    • Endometriosis Research Center & Women's Hospital
      630 Ibis Drive
      Delray Beach FL 33444-1928
      Phone #: 561-274-7442
      800 #: 800-239-7280
      e-mail: heather@endocenter.org
      Home page: http://www.endocenter.org
    • NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      31 Center Dr
      Bethesda MD 20892
      Phone #: 301-496-5133
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/
    • National Women's Health Network
      514 10th Street NW
      Washington D.C. 20004
      Phone #: 202-628-7814
      800 #: --
      e-mail: nwhn@nwhn.org
      Home page: http://www.womenshealthnetwork.org
    • OBGYN.net: The Obstetrics & Gynecology Network
      Web Site on the Internet
      None None None
      Phone #: --
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@obgyn.net
      Home page: http://www.obgyn.net



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