The epidemiology of pelvic endometriosis

D. E. Houston, K. L. Noller, L. J. Melton, B. J. Selwyn

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to review and evaluate available data about the distribution and determinants of pelvic endometriosis in human populations. Disease does not occur randomly in populations, and aggregations of disease along the measurement axes of time, place, and personal characteristics provide important clues to disease etiology. For this article, pelvic endometriosis is defined as endometriosis of the pelvic peritoneum and its underlying structures. Extraperitoneal endometriosis is excluded from this review because different etiologic factors may be operative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)787-800
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume31
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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    Houston, D. E., Noller, K. L., Melton, L. J., & Selwyn, B. J. (1988). The epidemiology of pelvic endometriosis. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 31(4), 787-800.