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New endometriosis research could help speed diagnosis

Many women in North Carolina and across the country suffer from endometriosis, a chronic disease that can affect a number of organs and bodily tissues. Perhaps the best-known symptoms of the condition are severe menstrual cramps and escalating pelvic pain.

Research has indicated that identifying the biomarkers of endometriosis could significantly help doctors diagnose and treat the disease in its early phases. The research was presented in May 2017 at the World Congress on Endometriosis in Vancouver, Canada.

Approximately one in 10 women are affected by the disorder, according to estimates. For women around the world suffering from infertility or other pelvic pain, some estimates say that up to half of all cases are caused by endometriosis.

One of the biggest challenges for women in treating the disease is receiving an accurate diagnosis. Approximately 65 percent of women with endometriosis are misdiagnosed while 46 percent of women with endometriosis were examined by over five doctors before they received a correct diagnosis. In many cases, women wait for seven to 11 years before their treatment begins because doctors have failed to diagnose them.

The biomarkers discussed in the new research would make diagnosis easier and help facilitate simpler testing. It is not clear why some women develop endometriosis, which can have significant impacts on daily life.

For many women, waiting for years to receive an endometriosis diagnosis has been not only frustrating, but also physically painful and often costly. Women who have been forced to go from doctor to doctor or who have had their symptoms diagnosed as simple cramps or anxiety have often lost years of treatment time for their disorder.

A medical malpractice attorney could provide advice to women whose endometriosis diagnoses were significantly delayed, causing a worsened medical condition and other impacts on daily life. A lawyer may be able to seek compensation for the harms done by physicians whose care or examination was negligent or did not meet medical standards when they failed to diagnose the condition.

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