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Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that forms the lining of the uterus grows in places outside the uterus. This tissue can grow in the organs that create the eggs (ovaries), in the tubes that carry the eggs to the uterus (fallopian tubes), in the vagina, and in the bowel. This tissue most often grows on the ovaries and inner lining of the pelvic cavity (peritoneum).
The cause of this condition is not known.
To confirm the diagnosis, your health care provider may use a device with a small camera to check tissue inside your abdomen (laparoscopy). Abnormal tissue may be removed and checked in a lab (biopsy).
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This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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