dr. Arne Vanhie, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KULeuven, Belgium
Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent disease that results in pelvic pain and infertility. It is histologically characterized by the displacement of endometrial tissue to extrauterine locations. Laparoscopy remains the gold standard for the diagnosis of the condition. However, the invasive nature of surgery, coupled with the lack of a laboratory biomarker for the disease, results in a mean latency of 7-11 years from onset of symptoms to definitive diagnosis. Unfortunately, this delay in diagnosis may have significant consequences in terms of disease progression.