Adolescent endometriosis is a previously overlooked disease in children, the true prevalence of which is still unknown but has been estimated between 19-73%. There are numerous initial challenges faced by adolescents suffering from delayed or undiagnosed endometriosis apart from experiencing chronic pain, such as: school/work absenteeism, false diagnoses/treatments, erroneous physician referrals, unnecessary radiological studies, radiation exposure, and emergency room visits as well as early exposure to narcotic pain medications and subsequent drug tolerance, resistance or even addiction.
This text presents a clear history of physician and patient understanding and awareness of endometriosis in adolescents. It lays the groundwork for this condition with background information on endometriosis in general followed by a more focused look at endometriosis in adolescents. Leading experts in the field provide chapters on the different locations where endometriotic lesions can present in adolescents as well as identified risk factors and concomitant diseases of which it is important to be aware. In addition to the clinical presentation, this book also provides information on breaking down existing barriers, such as stigma, and current activism and awareness of this condition.
Adolescent Endometriosis is a first-of-its-kind text that focuses exclusively on endometriosis in the adolescent population. Written by experts in the field, this book is a comprehensive resource for clinicians in all medical disciplines that treat adolescent age girls.
Dr. Ceana Nezhat, is Director of Nezhat Medical Center and Fellowship Director Atlanta Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Reproductive Medicine. He also serves as the Medical Director of Education & Training and Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery & Robotics at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and Adjunct Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Nezhat is the Immediate Past President of the Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) and Past President of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).
Dr. Nezhat has extensive experience in the treatment of multi-organ endometriosis. He has co-authored multiple textbooks and well over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters including adolescent endometriosis. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his teaching and educational activities, as well as highly acclaimed awards for contributions to education. He is recipient of Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic and Robotic Surgery (SLS ).He has organized numerous National and international conferences, and is the founder and Chair of the World Symposium on Endometriosis. He is an advocate of early detection of endometriosis by increasing awareness amongst paediatricians, primary care physicians, and school health care providers.