Laparoscopic partial cystectomy for big bladder endometriosis nodule
Epublication WebSurg.com, Oct 2012;12(10). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3809
Bladder endometriosis is the most common presentation of urinary tract endometriosis and is frequently associated with specific symptoms such as dysuria, hematuria and recurrent urinary tract infections. Although it may be associated with ureteral endometriosis in severe cases, in most cases, it presents as an isolated disease. The laparoscopic approach for bladder endometriosis nodule excision requires careful dissection of the paravesical spaces and identification of both ureters entering each ureteral tunnel. The shaving technique until healthy tissue is reached should be attempted, but if mucosal invasion is found, complete wall excision should be performed. In some occasions, when the nodule invades the bladder trigone, a double-J catheter may be inserted and left in place for 6 to 8 weeks. In this video, we present the case of a 23-year-old woman complaining with significant dysuria associated with hematuria, dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, and chronic pelvic pain. Magnetic resonance imaging described a 5cm nodule located in the bladder dome, and cystoscopy confirmed the diagnosis. The patient was referred to our Endometriosis Centre after diagnostic laparoscopy.