Introduction: From pathogenesis to therapy, deep endometriosis remains a source of controversy
This issue’s Views and Reviews discuss medical and surgical strategies for deep endometriosis and emphasizes that treatment should be designed according to a patient’s symptoms and individual needs.
Volume 108, Issue 6, Pages 872–885.e1
Jacques Donnez, M.D., Ph.D.
Deep endometriosis remains a source of controversy. A number of theories may explain its pathogenesis and many arguments support the hypothesis that genetic or epigenetic changes are a prerequisite for development of lesions into deep endometriosis. Deep endometriosis is frequently responsible for pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea, and/or deep dyspareunia, but can also cause obstetrical complications. Diagnosis may be improved by high-quality imaging. Therapeutic approaches are a source of contention as well. In this issue's Views and Reviews, medical and surgical strategies are discussed, and it is emphasized that treatment should be designed according to a patient's symptoms and individual needs. It is also vital that referral centers have the knowledge and experience to treat deep endometriosis medically and/or surgically. The debate must continue because emerging trends in therapy need to be followed and investigated for optimal management.