Endometriosis Linked to PID and IBS

A study conducted in UK recently showed that women with endometriosis are more likely to have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and IBS. Dr. K. D. Ballard and her team examined 5,540 women aged 15 to 55 who had been diagnosed with endometriosis. They also included 21,239 women without endometriosis as controls. Those with endometriosis were much more likely to have PID or IBS. There is a possibility that misdiagnosis of either PID or IBS could delay a diagnosis of endometriosis, given that the symptoms are similar. Diagnosis of endometriosis can be delayed as many as 9 years. Dr. Ballard notes that in patients who have endometriosis, appropriate diagnosis and treatment can aid in increasing fertility and controlling IBS symptoms. More research is needed to find a better way to differentiate the symptoms of the these three associated conditions and therefore reduce the lag in endometriosis diagnosis. HME Today, October 17, 2008
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