Laparoscopy in the diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain in adolescent women

P. Vercellini, L. Fedele, L. Arcaini, S. Bianchi, M. T. Rognoni, G. B. Candiani

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Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) in adolescent women is a frequent complaint. We assessed the value of laparoscopy in the differential diagnosis of CPP in 47 adolescents 11-19 year old after six months or more of cyclic or acyclic pelvic pain. No pelvic abnormalities were detected in 19 patients (40.4%), endometriosis was detected in 18 (38.3%) (frequently with nonpigmented or 'nonclassic' lesions), partially obstructive genital tract malformations were found in 4 (8.4%), and other types of pathology were discovered in 6 (12.8%). Nearly 60% of the patients had a treatable pelvic disease. Laparoscopy is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis of CPP in adolescents and should be performed before starting a psychiatric evaluation or prescribing long-term medical treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-830
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine


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