Case-based learning| Volume 25, ISSUE 5, P133-141, May 2015

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      Endometriosis is a common condition in women of childbearing age that has the potential to significantly impact on a woman's quality of life, ability to work and fertility. An awareness of the condition, and understanding of the current literature, is important in being able to provide appropriate, individualized care to patients. This review provides a background on all aspects of endometriosis, including radiological investigations, surgical management and the role of specialist Endometriosis centres.


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