Journal article

Can anyone screen for deep infiltrating endometriosis with transvaginal ultrasound?

Sofie Piessens, Martin Healey, Peter Maher, Jim Tsaltas, Luk Rombauts

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Surgical treatment of deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) is complex, and preoperative diagnosis benefits both surgeon and patient. Studies in expert centres have reported high accuracy for transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS) diagnosis of DIE. External validation of these findings has been limited, and no information is available on how quickly these skills can be acquired. The aim of this study was to measure the learning curve of DIE-TVUS and to identify the causes for inaccuracies in the diagnosis of bowel lesions and Pouch of Douglas (POD) obliteration. METHODS: Following one week of training at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), 205 consecutive women with a history of endome..

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