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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Time elapsed from onset of symptoms to diagnosis of endometriosis in a cohort study of Brazilian women
Author: Arruda, MS
Petta, CA
Abrao, MS
Benetti-Pinto, CL
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The study aim was to assess the time elapsed between onset of symptoms and diagnosis of endometriosis, and,to identify the factors associated with diagnostic delay in a group of Brazilian women. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, 200 women with surgically confirmed endometriosis were interviewed at an endometriosis outpatient clinic. RESULTS: The median (interquartile range) time elapsed from onset of symptoms until diagnosis of endometriosis was 7.0 (range 3.5-12.1) years. The younger the women at onset of symptoms, the longer the period for diagnosis to be made: the median delay was 12.1 (range 8.0-17.2) years in women aged less than or equal to19 years, and 3.3 (range 2.0-5.5) years in women aged greater than or equal to30 years. The median time period between onset of symptoms and diagnosis was 4.0 (2.0-6.0) years for women whose main complaint was infertility, but 7.4 (3.6-13.0) years for those with pelvic pain. CONCLUSIONS: The delay in diagnosis of endometriosis was considered to be long, and especially so for young women with pelvic pain. More information relating to endometriosis should be offered to general physicians and gynaecologists in order to reduce the time taken to diagnose this condition.
Subject: diagnosis
Country: Inglaterra
Editor: Oxford Univ Press
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1093/humrep/deg136
Date Issue: 2003
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