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Endometriosis is a condition that results in endometrium-like tissue to grow outside of the uterus in other areas of the body. The most common places for endometriosis is nearby the uterus, such as the ovaries or bowels. However, it is possible for endometriosis to occur in the abdominal cavity, including in the diaphragm and liver. Dr. Dmitri Alden and his colleagues offer treatment of endometriosis of the liver and diaphragm through his practice in New York City.

The causes of endometriosis are still not well understood. There are risk factors associated with the condition, including higher risk if there is a family history of endometriosis. Hormones, inflammation, immune system, congenital defects and other factors may play a role. The condition is usually diagnosed when the patient begins experiencing pain, usually more intense during the menstrual cycle, caused by inflammation of the tissue in other areas of the body.

Diaphragmatic Endometriosis Symptoms and Complications

Diaphragmatic endometriosis is rare, only accounting for about 1.5% of all cases of endometriosis. The condition causes lesions of tissue to form on the diaphragm, which is the dome-like muscle that separates the chest and abdominal cavities. Not everyone has symptoms, but possible signs of diaphragmatic endometriosis include:

  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Pain in the arm

Diaphragmatic endometriosis usually occurs on the right side, causing pain in the right chest, abdomen, shoulder or arm. Beyond the discomfort, it is possible for complications such as a collapsed lung from the condition.

Endometriosis of the Liver

Endometriosis of the liver is extremely rare with very few cases reported. When it does occur, lesions of endometrium-like tissue form on or in the liver. The symptoms of endometriosis of the liver may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pelvic pain
  • Jaundice

Treatment for endometriosis of the liver and diaphragm may include surgical removal of the lesions or tissue to relieve symptoms. Dr. Dmitri Alden works with his world-renowned gynecological colleagues to form the best multi-specialty treatment for patients with these rare conditions.

If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis of the liver or diaphragm, contact the office of Dr. Dmitri Alden to schedule a consultation. Call our medical center in UES New York City to book your appointment.

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