Endometriosis and the Bowel

Endometriosis can affect the bowel in the abdomen and pelvis. Penetration of the endometriosis can vary within two forms:

  • Superficial – endometriosis is found on the surface of the bowel
  • Deep – endometriosis penetrates the bowel wall.

In some cases, recto-vaginal nodules can start as superficial endometriosis and progress to infiltrate the bowel wall.

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