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Pelvic laparoscopy - series—Indications

Indications

Overview

Pelvic laparoscopy is used both for diagnosis and for treatment and may be recommended for:

  • pelvic pain due to uterine tissue found outside the uterus in the abdomen (endometriosis)
  • infections (pelvic inflammatory disease) not responsive to drug therapy
  • suspected twisting (torsion) of an ovary
  • ovarian cyst
  • scar tissue (adhesions) in pelvis
  • puncture through the uterus (uterine perforation) following D&C or by IUD
  • evaluation of infertility
  • sterilization (tubal ligation)
  • evaluation of a pelvic mass (such as in a Fallopian tube or ovary) that was confirmed previously by abdominal ultrasound

Update Date 4/5/2016

Updated by: Irina Burd, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.