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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 204-206

Use of radioguided surgery in abdominal wall endometriosis: An innovative approach

Department of Surgery, Woman Health Investigation Group, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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DOI: 10.4103/wjnm.WJNM_47_17

PMID: 30034288

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Endometriosis is characterized by the presence of endometrial glands and stroma outside the uterine cavity. The occurrence of endometriosis in the anterior abdominal wall is often associated with previous cesarean section, once the spread of endometrial cells during the surgical procedure is a biologically fact possible. A 43-year-old patient, with cesarean section history and pelvic endometriosis diagnosed for over 10 years, presented with progressive abdominal pain. Tests showed cystic image with 1.6 cm of diameter and debris, located in mid-lower portion of the rectus abdominis left, suggesting abdominal wall endometriosis. This abdominal wall lesion was not identifiable in the clinical examination (impalpable), which is why we opted for the use of preoperative marking technique with radioisotope called Radioguided Occult Lesion Localization (ROLL). The use of ROLL in this case allowed rapid surgical identification of endometriotic lesion and its complete excision.

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