Increased diagnostic accuracy of laparoscopy in endometriosis using indigo carmine: a new technique

Fertil Steril. 2011 Mar 1;95(3):1113-4. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2010.12.017. Epub 2011 Jan 12.


Objective: To report the technique and outcome of laparoscopy in endometriosis using indigo carmine.

Design: Case report.

Setting: Tertiary care center.

Patient(s): Twenty-nine-year-old nulligravid woman with a history of endometriosis and left unicornuate uterus with an absent right horn with a present right ovary and distal fallopian tube with recurrence of disease.

Intervention(s): Operative laparoscopy for destruction of endometriosis and chromopertubation, given the patient's history of infertility.

Main outcome measure(s): Identification of endometriosis.

Result(s): Lesions of endometriosis were stained with indigo carmine and were easily identified.

Conclusion(s): Tissue staining demonstrated lesions of endometriosis that were more easily identified; therefore, this technique could provide a special and unique approach to a more accurate diagnosis of endometriosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Coloring Agents*
  • Endometriosis / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indigo Carmine*
  • Infertility, Female / diagnosis
  • Laparoscopy / methods*
  • Laparoscopy / standards*
  • Reproducibility of Results


  • Coloring Agents
  • Indigo Carmine