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Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis (DIE)

Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis (DIE)
This image depicts DIE scar tissue between the obliterated cul-de-sac and outer uterus. As it can be seen, the scar tissue has started to serve as a sort of “glue” between the two organs, which is the first sign of DIE beginning to lead to frozen pelvis.

Deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) is a highly invasive form of endometriosis. It is characterized by the presence of rectovaginal nodules and disease of the uterosacral ligaments, rectum, rectovaginal septum, vagina, and bladder. Rectovaginal nodules are nodules that form in the space between the vagina and the rectum.

Causes of DIE

When ovarian endometriomas become large enough and invade the wall of the ovaries, they begin to leak. They may even rupture. When this happens, the thickened blood, inflammatory enzymes, and other debris that these fluid-filled endometriomas contained spill onto other areas within the abdominal and pelvic cavity. The contents then adhere to these areas. Here, they begin to form the nodules and scar tissue that are characteristic of DIE.

Symptoms of DIE

Leaking or ruptured endometriomas
Leaking or ruptured endometriomas fill other areas of the body with the “chocolate” like fluid they contain, which goes on to form nodules of DIE in areas outside of the uterus and ovaries

Women with this type of disease usually experience high levels of pelvic pain, anatomic distortion, infertility, dysuria, dysmenorrhea, and dyspareunia. They may also experience gastrointestinal distress that may lead to symptoms that resemble those of irritable bowel syndrome.

Treatment

The surgical treatment of DIE is the same as that of frozen pelvis. It consists of minimally invasive techniques, also known as advanced laparoscopy.

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