Abdominal wall endometriosis: 12 years of experience at a large academic institution

Amanda M. Ecker, Nicole M. Donnellan, Jonathan P. Shepherd, Ted T.M. Lee

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Objective The objective of the study was to review patient characteristics and intraoperative findings for excised cases of abdominal wall endometriosis (AWE). Study Design A 12 year medical record search was performed for cases of excised AWE, and the diagnosis was confirmed on pathological specimen. Descriptive data were collected and analyzed.

Results Of 65 patients included, the primary clinical presentation was abdominal pain and/or a mass/lump (73.8% and 63.1%, respectively). Most patients had a history of cesarean section (81.5%) but 6 patients (9.2%) had no prior surgery. Time from the initial surgery to presentation ranged from 1 to 32 years (median, 7.0 years), and time from the most recent relevant surgery ranged from 1 to 32 years (median, 4.0 years). Five patients (7.7%) required mesh for fascial closure following the resection of the AWE. We were unable to demonstrate a correlation between the increasing numbers of open abdominal surgeries and the time to presentation or depth of involvement. Age, body mass index, and parity also were not predictive of depth of involvement. There were increased rates of umbilical lesions (75% vs 5.6%, P <.001) in nulliparous compared with multiparous women as well as in women without a history of cesarean section (66.7% vs 1.9%, P <.001).

Conclusion In women with a mass or pain at a prior incision, the differential diagnosis should include AWE. Although we were unable to demonstrate specific characteristics predictive for AWE, a large portion of our population had a prior cesarean section, suggesting a correlation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363.e1-363.e5
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • abdominal wall endometrioma
  • cutaneous endometriosis
  • extrapelvic endometriosis
  • incisional endometriosis
  • scar endometriosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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