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Endometriosis can affect organs outside the reproductive system

Endometriosis can affect organs outside the reproductive system

Endometriosis occurs when endometrial cells, tissue lining the inside of the uterus, grow in other organs. Because it is related to the uterus, it is the main cause of female infertility and usually occurs near the fallopian tubes and ovaries, it is understandable to imagine that it only reaches the reproductive system. However, this is a mistake: endometriosis is capable of affecting even distant organs such as the lung and brain.

How can endometriosis affect other organs?

It is important to note that the disease does not spread as a cancer, ie occurrence in other regions is not a sign of aggravation, a woman may even have endometriosis only in the intestine, for example.

The explanation for the phenomenon is simple: although the vast majority of episodes are caused

Major symptoms

Symptoms vary according to the area affected:

  • Lung: cough with blood
  • Symptoms vary according to the area affected:
  • Bladder: pain when urinating
  • Intestine: pain when evacuating and diarrhea
  • Sciatica: pains in the lumbar and in the posterior muscle of the thighs

Diaphragm: pains in the right shoulder and neck

Treatments

When there is involvement large intestine, p intestinal obstruction. In the bladder and ureters, kidney dilation and loss of kidney function.

In these two cases, surgeries are necessary, but this is not always the case. If the focus is not large, treatment can be done initially with hormonal drugs that inhibit menstruation, just as it would if endometriosis were located in the organs of the reproductive system.

Diagnosis

Detect endometriosis is always a challenge. And, in the case of less-affected organs, the task can be even more complicated, since doctors who are not gynecologists are not always familiar with the disease.

Many women with endometriosis in the nerves, for example, are diagnosed with column. Other times, with psychiatric disorders. This delay, unfortunately, has the potential to create serious situations.

Reduced attention

Endometriosis, an inflammatory disease that affects approximately 7 million women in Brazil, is capable of causing disabling pain during the menstrual period in sexual intercourse and when to evacuate and urinate. Infertility is also a very common complaint among carriers.


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