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Close-up on endometriosis at 40th AAGL Global Congress
Date:10/25/2011

Cypress, CA -- As many as 10 million American women of childbearing age suffer from chronic pelvic pain, gastrointestinal and urinary tract difficulties and infertility due to endometriosis, a puzzling condition where cells that normally form the lining of the uterus the endometrium begin to colonize other organs and tissues beyond the uterus. This year's annual meeting of gynecologic laparoscopic surgeons explores endometriosis from both the patient's and the physician's perspective in its Keynote session, 8:00 to 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 8, 2011, and offers the latest surgical insights in dozens of oral presentations, educational videos, surgical tutorials and poster sessions at the 40th AAGL Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, November 6-11, 2011 at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL.

Keynote speaker and women's health advocate Padma Lakshmi puts a human face on the disease. "Endometriosis is one of the most treatable, but least treated of women's health problems," she said. "Like me, many women suffer debilitating pain and other symptoms for as long as a decade before receiving an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment."

Ms. Lakshmi, an internationally known supermodel and TV show host, co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America in an effort to encourage research that will help other women avoid her ordeal.

Often, women simply suffer in silence or take painkillers, sometimes for years. When they do seek medical care, proper treatment may be delayed further because endometriosis isn't always diagnosed right away. Pelvic pain can be caused by many disorders -- appendicitis, ovarian cysts, bowel obstruction, diverticulitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, fibroids, IBS and many others. If endometriosis is present on the intestines, for example, the symptoms may prompt a physician to recommend GI tests, which will not reveal the true problem.

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Contact: Barbara Hodgson
bhodgson@aagl.org
800-554-2245
Elsevier Health Sciences
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