Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain: Clinics and Imaging

  • Giuseppe Maria Ciravolo
  • Fabio Rampinelli
  • Giovanni Morana
  • Alessandro Guarise


Endometriosis is one of the most common diseases in gynecology, even though its epidemiology is still relatively unknown. This derives from the fact that the diagnosis of endometriosis, according to current clinical opinion, should be made through the “direct” or surgical visualization of the disease or through histologic confirmation. Deeply infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) (>5 mm) is the most complicated and symptomatic form and is found in 30–40% of patients with endometriosis. Often the disease involves the uterosacral ligaments, the rectouterine pouch, the retrocervical tissue, the bladder, the ureter, the vagina and the intestine.


Uterosacral Ligament Female Reproductive System Magnetic Resonance Sequence Pelvic Endometriosis Ovarian Endometriosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Maria Ciravolo
    • 1
  • Fabio Rampinelli
    • 1
  • Giovanni Morana
    • 2
  • Alessandro Guarise
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Gynaecology and ObstetricsUniversity of Brescia A. O. Spedali CiviliBresciaItaly
  2. 2.Department of RadiologySanta Maria dei Battuti HospitalTrevisoItaly
  3. 3.Department of RadiologySan Bassiano HospitalBassano del Grappa (VI)Italy

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