What are adenomyosis?

  • (noun): The presence of endometrium elsewhere than in the lining of the uterus; causes premenstrual pain and dysmenorrhea.
    Synonyms: endometriosis


Adenomyosis (pronounced A - den - o - my - os - is) is a medical condition characterized by the presence of ectopic glandular tissue found in muscle. The term adenomyosis is derived from the terms adeno- (meaning gland), myo- (meaning muscle), and -osis (meaning condition). Previously named as endometriosis interna, adenomyosis actually differs from endometriosis and these two disease entities are found together in only 10% of the cases.

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Adenomyosis - Prognosis
... It is advocated that adenomyosis poses no increased risk for cancer development ... Patients with adenomyosis often also have leiomyomata and/or endometriosis ...