ARTHUR L. HASKINS, M.D.
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The escape of endometrial tissue from the confines of the uterus to contiguous pelvic structures results in pelvic endometriosis. This progressively incapacitating disease is characterized by its histologic resemblance to normal endometrial tissue and by a potentially invasive and malignant clinical course. The ravages of this process with involvement and perforation of hollow viscera may result in death. As a minimum, endometriosis will seriously interfere with reproductive function.
The etiology of pelvic endometriosis has long been an important point of discord among gynecologists. The proponents of the retrograde flow, metaplasia, and embryologic rest theories have defended their own concepts and
HASKINS AL. ENDOMETRIOSIS. Ann Intern Med. ;48:909–912. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-48-4-909
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;48(4):909-912.
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