Patients sometimes come to their gynecologist with nonspecific symptoms or rare conditions that require detailed examination. Some medical mysteries leave patients baffled and pose challenges for doctors. Ultrasound can be used to evaluate, diagnose and guide treatment for many conditions (in a cost-effective way). Explore some real-life medical mysteries and challenging diagnoses, and learn more about how ultrasound evaluation can help clinicians find a solution.
- What causes chronic pelvic pain? Sometimes, when postmenopausal patients experience chronic pelvic pain and painful urination, numerous tests came back negative and interventions do not solve the problem. Find out how ultrasound can help diagnose tricky issues and plan pelvic support surgery.
- Are pain and spotting a sign of a bigger problem? For transgender patients who are taking testosterone, pelvic pain, vaginal pain and spotting can be an unwelcome surprise. Staying up to date on recommendations for trans men's healthcare and taking a sensitive approach can help uncover the issue.
- What causes vaginal bleeding and cramps after a miscarriage? A patient may have a negative pregnancy test but present with persistent bleeding. Ultrasound can help a physician diagnose the issue and establish a treatment plan.
- Is endometriosis genetic? Researchers have been trying to uncover the causes of endometriosis and find out whether this condition is hereditary. Learn what is known about endometriosis and what you can share with patients who are looking for answers.
- What causes infertility? This mystery can be frustrating; the potential answers are numerous. Learn more about potential causes of infertility in patients and their partners of all genders.
- What can ultrasound reveal about ovarian cancer? Distinguishing between benign adnexal masses and ovarian cancer is challenging. With nonspecific symptoms — or no symptoms — ovarian cancer can be difficult to pinpoint. Ultrasound aids physicians in reaching a confident diagnosis.
- How can you diagnose urethral diverticula? Urethral diverticula is a rare condition that causes symptoms of the lower urinary tract. Ultrasound is a cost-effective way to look for and reach a differential diagnosis for this condition.
Nonspecific symptoms or rare conditions can be difficult for clinician assessment and often lead to anxiety for patients. Detailed evaluation, education and compassion are key to providing answers and helping patients find the best treatment for them.