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Endometriosis

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It is possible that the main title of the report Endometriosis is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

Synonyms

  • Endometrial Growths
  • Endometrial Implants
  • Endometriosis externa
  • Entometrioma

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

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.

Resources

National Women's Health Network
1413 K Street, NW
4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
USA
Tel: (202)682-2640
Fax: (202)682-2648
Email: nwhn@nwhn.org
Internet: http://www.womenshealthnetwork.org

Endometriosis Association
8585 North 76th Place
Milwaukee, WI 53223
USA
Tel: (414)355-2200
Fax: (414)355-6065
Tel: (800)992-3636
Email: support@endometriosisassn.org
Internet: http://www.endometriosisassn.org

OBGYN.net: The Obstetrics & Gynecology Network
Web Site on the Internet
Email: info@obgyn.net
Internet: http://www.obgyn.net

NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
31 Center Dr
Building 31, Room 2A32
MSC2425
Bethesda, MD 20892
Fax: (866)760-5947
Tel: (800)370-2943
TDD: (888)320-6942
Email: NICHDInformationResourceCenter@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/AboutGARD.aspx

Endometriosis Research Center
630 Ibis Drive
Delray Beach, FL 33444-1928
Tel: (561)274-7442
Fax: (561)274-0931
Tel: (800)239-7280
Email: exec-comm@endocenter.org
Internet: http://www.endocenter.org

For a Complete Report:

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

Last Updated: �9/4/2009
Copyright �1991, 1999, 2007, 2008�National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2012
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