Kevin L Forbes
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04612.x
Published online: 1 July 2002

Improving health outcomes for women with this enigmatic disease

Endometriosis remains an enigma despite having been extensively studied. Its aetiology remains unclear, although there is a positive correlation with retrograde menstruation, probably with a background genetic predisposition. Traditionally, the symptoms of endometriosis are said to be pelvic pain and infertility, but, while a causal link between these symptoms and the disease is sometimes clear, the link is not always established. Treatment aimed at eliminating endometriotic deposits is effective in controlling symptoms in a proportion of patients, but recurrence is common.

  • Kevin L Forbes

  • School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.



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