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Study pinpoints symptom pattern that indicates endometriosis

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5103 (Published 08 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5103
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

GPs should look out for a specific pattern of symptoms to enable endometriosis to be diagnosed much earlier, says research in the British Journal of General Practice.1

Endometriosis can be difficult to diagnose clinically as its symptoms are common and non-specific. As a result, often a long time elapses between the first primary care consultation and diagnosis.

Distinct episodes of gynaecological pain and combinations of gynaecological pain with menstrual symptoms …

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