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a benign tumor derived from smooth muscle, most often of the uterus (leiomyoma uteri).
bizarre leiomyoma epithelioid leiomyoma.
leiomyoma cu´tis one arising from cutaneous or subcutaneous smooth muscle fibers, found singly or multiply, usually as lesions arising from arrectores pilorum muscles; it may also occur as a solitary genital lesion or a solitary angioleiomyoma arising from the muscle of veins.
epithelioid leiomyoma one in which the cells are polygonal rather than spindle shaped, usually found in the stomach. Called also bizarre leiomyoma and leiomyofibroma.
leiomyoma u´teri (uterine leiomyoma) leiomyoma of the uterus; called also uterine myoma and, colloquially, fibroids. It is the most common of all tumors found in women. It may occur in any part of the uterus, although it is most frequently in the body of the organ.

Leiomyomas usually occur during the third and fourth decades, and are often multiple, although a single tumor may occur. They are usually small but may grow quite large and occupy most of the uterine wall; after menopause, growth usually ceases. Symptoms vary according to the location and size of the tumors. As they grow they may cause pressure on neighboring organs, painful menstruation, profuse and irregular menstrual bleeding, vaginal discharge, or frequent urination, as well as enlargement of the uterus.

In pregnancy, the tumors may interfere with natural enlargement of the uterus with the growing fetus. They may also cause spontaneous abortion and death of the fetus.

Small leiomyomas are usually left undisturbed and are checked at frequent intervals. Larger tumors may be removed surgically, sometimes accompanied by a hysterectomy, or medication may be prescribed to induce a temporary menopause.
Leiomyoma of the uterus. The tumors may be subserosal, intramural, or submucosal. Subserosal and submucosal tumors may be pedunculated and may protrude from the uterine surface or into the uterine cavity, respectively. The stalk of pedunculated tumors may also become twisted. From Damjanov, 2000.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


A benign neoplasm derived from smooth (nonstriated) muscle.
[leio- + G. mys, muscle, + -oma, tumor]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n. pl. leiomyo·mas or leiomyo·mata (-mə-tə)
A benign tumor derived from smooth muscle, occurring most often in the uterus.

lei′o·my·o′ma·tous (-ō′mə-təs, -ŏm′ə-) adj.
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Fibroma, plural, leiomyomata or, incorrect, but increasingly popular, leiomyomas A benign, well-circumscribed smooth muscle tumor most common in the uterus and stomach. See Fibroid, Fibroma, Intestinal leiomyoma.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


A benign neoplasm derived from smooth (nonstriated) muscle.
[leio- + G. mys, muscle, + -oma, tumor]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


A benign tumour of smooth muscle found most commonly in the womb (uterus). Leiomyomas often contain much fibrous tissue. Also known as FIBROID, fibromyoma or leiomyofibroma.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


A benign tumor composed of muscle tissue. Leiomyomas in the uterus are sometimes called fibroids.
Mentioned in: Hysterosonography
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


A benign neoplasm derived from smooth (nonstriated) muscle.
[leio- + G. mys, muscle, + -oma, tumor]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about leiomyoma

Q. uterine fibroids. Whats the best way to deal with them? My doctor says hysterectomy? What about my hormones?

A. Yes, drugs that suppress the levels of the female sex hormones (estrogen) are successful for treating uterine fibroids. However, the relief is only temporary and the fibroids recur once the treatment is stopped. In addition, these treatments cause side effects similar to menopause.

Surgery is the definitive treatment, especially for complications such as bleeding or pain, and when there's a suspicion for malignancy.

You may read more here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000914.htm

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Regression of uterine leiomyomata in response to the antiprogesterone RU 486.
Increased urinary cobalt and whole blood concentrations of cadmium and lead in women with uterine leiomyomata: Findings from the ENDO Study.
Utsunomiya et al., "Aromatase in endometriosis and uterine leiomyomata," Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, vol.
"Genome-wide linkage and association analyses implicate FASN in predisposition to Uterine Leiomyomata", Am.
Does pelvic magnetic resonance imaging differentiate among the histologic subtypes of uterine leiomyomata? Fertil Steril 1998;70:580-7http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0015-0282(98)00193-9.
Transcervical expulsion of a fibroid as a result of uterine artery embolization for leiomyomata. J Vasc Interv Radiol.
Of these women, 35% had idiopathic infertility, 31% had endometriosis, and 22% had various diagnoses, including pelvic adhesions, unilateral tubal occlusions, and leiomyomata. After adjustment for age, year of treatment, and the use of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists or antagonists, there were no significant differences in pregnancy rates between the women, regardless of BMI.
Low-dose mifepristone for uterine leiomyomata. Obstetrics and Gynecology 2003;101(2):243-50.
* Is uterine artery embolization (UAE) a safe treatment for leiomyomata? What is the incidence of minor and serious short-term complications?
Bladder Leiomyoma Presenting With LUTS and Coexisting Bladder and Uterine Leiomyomata: A Review of Two Cases.