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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008;51(2):241-246.
Published online February 1, 2008.
A case of bowel obstruction due to endometriosis.
Seung Won Byun, Hee Joong Lee, Tae Chul Park
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Gyeonggi, Korea. heejoong@catholic.ac.kr
Abstract
We have experienced a case of intestinal obstruction due to endometriosis. It may involve intestinal wall and protrude into its lumen and patients with severe intestinal involvement usually require surgical resection. Clinical manifestations are not specific, making the preoperative diagnosis difficult to establish. An emergency laparotomy was performed. The pathologic examination of the resected sample revealed endometriosis of sigmoid colon. Endometriosis can involve the intestinal tract extensively, causing a variety of clinical symptoms, and can result in a spectrum of mucosal alterations.
Key Words: Endometriosis, Laparotomy, Intestinal obstruction


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