Laparoscopic ovarian puncture for correct staging of endometriosis

G. B. Candiani, P. Vercellini, L. Fedele

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Small, deep ovarian endometriomas are not easily diagnosed. In 52 infertile patients, laparoscopy demonstrated enlarged ovaries (maximum diameter 3.5 to 5 cm) with a smooth whitish surface and no mature follicles, corpora lutea, or other cysts. Ovarian puncture was performed, and endometriotic material aspirated in 25 women (48.0%). Cyst diameter was calculated using a geometric formula r = root to the third degree of 3V/4π where r = radius and V = volume of liquid aspirated. Eight patients with apparently normal pelvis had endometriosis, and 14 with apparent minimal or mild endometriotic lesions were restaged. Laparoscopic ovarian puncture of enlarged ovaries was important for correct diagnosis and staging of endometriosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)994-997
Number of pages4
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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