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Do adhesions show up on MRI? Do adhesions show up on MRI?

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Unread 04-22-2009, 01:29 PM
Do adhesions show up on MRI?

When I was a teenager, I had pelvic inflamatory disease. It was bad and I had a laparoscopy. The told me that I was full of adhesions, that my tubes were blocked, and they had knocked loose what they could.

Now at 48, I'm scheduled for a TAH on 5/19 for adenomyosis, fibroids, and cysts. (I don't even know where the cysts are! Don't really care either as long as they take them away).

Anyway, my [new] doc was so concerned with the severe dysplasia that she wouldn't even focus on the ultrasound results that showed the adeno, etc. until after she had performed the 'very agressive' cone biopsy. I hardly have a cervix anymore. Anyway, at my post-op from that procedure,

I asked what about the Adeno that showed up on the ultrasound and MRI? She looked at those results and immediately we started planning my hysterectomy.

The big bummer was having to wait the 90 days after the cone...

Does anyone know if adhesions would show up on the MRI? the adeno did. it said that my uterus had a venetian blind characteristic throughout, plus calcification, etc.

I think much of my pain these past 30 years has been due to the adhesions. That was what I always thought, and I thought that my bowel must be tied up by the adhesions.

Do adhesions and/or endometriosis show up on the MRI?

Thank you.

I sure wish I did not have to wait. I hurt beyond bearing.
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Unread 04-22-2009, 07:39 PM
Re: Do adhesions show up on MRI?

I am sorry to hear you have been through so much! I can only answer part of your question. Endometriosis, in my understanding, can only be diagnosed via laproscopy. I am not sure about the adhesions though.

I hope you can get some relief soon.

Unread 04-22-2009, 08:05 PM
Re: Do adhesions show up on MRI?

Endometriosis, adhesions, and adenomyosis do not show up on any test, ultrasound, or MRI. The only way they can see them is actually going in via surgery or lap. The adenomyosis can not be diagnosed via MRI or ultrasound either. The MRI might have shown abnormalities, but the doctor that gave you a definitive diagnosis of adeno from an MRI might not fully understand the disease. That's impossible to diagnose without pathology after a hyst.
I hope this helps!
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Unread 04-23-2009, 07:26 PM
Re: Do adhesions show up on MRI?

While MRI is being used to diagnose adenomyosis, I am unaware of either endometriosis or adhesions being diagnosed on any test. HOWEVER, a specialist may be able to interrupt results from various tests to come up with a pretty good idea regarding endo and adhesions. My endometriosis specialist does his own transvaginal ultrasounds as he can determine more from them regarding endo and adhesions than can a general radiologist.

So in a nutshell, generally, adeno, endo, and/or adhesions will not show up on any test. But, some specialists are able to use their vast knowledge in conjuction with images and various tests to make pretty educated guesses. Adeno is starting to be diagnosed via MRI.

Does that help?!


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