Ureteral and vesical endometriosis: Two different clinical entities sharing the same pathogenesis

Nicola Berlanda, Paolo Vercellini, Luca Carmignani, Giorgio Aimi, Fabio Amicarelli, Luigi Fedele

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Abstract

Ureteral or vesical endometriotic lesions affect about 1% of women with endometriosis. The diagnosis may be difficult when specific symptoms are lacking. A delay in diagnosis can lead to significant morbidity. An adequate comprehension of the circumstances in which ureteral and vesical endometriosis present or should be suspected, aided by advances in imaging techniques and laparoscopic surgery, may allow a significant progress in the treatment of these conditions. The pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of ureteral and vesical endometriosis are reviewed, with the aim of increasing the degree of awareness of the clinicians and helping in devising an adequate clinical management plan for the lesser understood aspects of the disease. Target audience: Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Family Physicians Learning objectives: After completion of this educational activity, the participant should be better able to explain the most likely pathogenesis of ureteral and vesical endometriosis, recall the clinical presentation and risk factors for endometriosis of the bladder and ureter, and summarize treatment strategies for endometriosis of the bladder and ureter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)830-842
Number of pages13
JournalObstetrical and Gynecological Survey
Volume64
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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