Endometriosis

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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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
514 10th Street NW
Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20004
USA
Tel: (202)628-7814
Fax: (202)347-1168
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
Tel: (301)496-5133
Fax: (301)496-7101
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
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Endometriosis Research Center & Women's Hospital
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

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