Transvaginal ultrasonography with bowel preparation is able to predict the number of lesions and rectosigmoid layers affected in cases of deep endometriosis, defining surgical strategy

Hum Reprod. 2010 Mar;25(3):665-71. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dep433. Epub 2009 Dec 19.


Background: Successful surgical treatment of deep bowel endometriosis depends on obtaining detailed information about the lesions, prior to the procedure. The objective of this study was to determine the capability of transvaginal ultrasonography with bowel preparation (TVUS-BP) to predict the presence of one or more rectosigmoid nodules and the deepest bowel layer affected by the disease.

Methods: A prospective study of 194 patients with clinical and TVUS-BP suspected deep endometriosis submitted to videolaparoscopy. Image data were compared with surgical and histological results.

Results: With respect to bowel nodule detection and presence of at least two rectosigmoid lesions, TVUS-BP had a sensitivity of 97 and 81%, specificity 100 and 99%, positive predictive value (PPV) 100 and 93% and negative predictive value (NPV) 98 and 96%, respectively. Regarding diagnosis of infiltration of the submucosal/mucosal layer, TVUS-BP had a sensitivity of 83%, specificity 94%, PPV 77%, NPV 96%.

Conclusions: These findings show that TVUS-BP is an adequate exam for evaluating the presence of one or more rectosigmoid nodules and the deepest layer affected in deep infiltrating bowel endometriosis, confirming the importance of this technique for defining the most appropriate surgical strategy to be implemented.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Colon, Sigmoid / diagnostic imaging*
  • Colon, Sigmoid / pathology
  • Endometriosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Endometriosis / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Preoperative Care / methods
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rectum / diagnostic imaging*
  • Rectum / pathology
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Ultrasonography