uterine fibroid


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uterine fibroid

Etymology: L, uterus + fibra, fiber; Gk, eidos, form
a growth of fibrous tissue in the uterus, usually a fibroma, fibromyoma, or leiomyofibroma.

uterine fibroid

Fibroid, fibromyoma, leiomyoma, myoma Gynecology A benign smooth muscle tumor that arises in the myometrium, possibly linked to endogenous estrogen production; UFs are rare before age 20, involute after menopause, weigh up to a 1+ kg–average < 15 cm in diameter; they are the most common pelvic tumor, occur in up to 30% of reproductive-age ♀, and are 3 to 9 times more common in African-Americans than Caucasians; fibroids with a stalk are termed pedunculated

Uterine fibroid

A noncancerous tumor of the uterus that can range from the size of a pea to the size of a grapefruit. Small fibroids require no treatment, but those causing serious symptoms may need to be removed.

Patient discussion about uterine fibroid

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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Gurgaon, May 11, ( ANI ) Women who go for uterine surgery have a better alternative now: Uterine Fibroid Embolization.
A 3-month study of 195 women with uterine fibroid tumors was conducted in three hospitals in Vietnam in 2007.
Gee, medical director of the North Texas Uterine Fibroid Institute, Piano.
Gurgaon, Feb 9 ( ANI ): Women who go for Uterine Surgery have a better alternative now: Uterine Fibroid Embolization.
The researchers detected genetic variants that are significantly associated with uterine fibroid status in a span of three genes including FASN which encodes a protein called FAS (fatty acid synthase).
However, because the blood vessels that support a fibroid are concentrated near its core, destroying the center usually eliminates part of the margin, says gynecologist Phyllis Gee, director of the North Texas Uterine Fibroid Institute in Plano.
20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Uterine fibroid embolization, a procedure now offered at USA Vascular Centers in Bensonhurst, can help women avoid needless hysterectomies.
Uterine fibroid embolization is a very safe method and less than two percent of the patients have entered menopause as a result of going through it.
The data being presented show that highly purified collagenase can reduce the rigidity of human uterine fibroid tissue and potentially shrink uterine fibroid tumors by interrupting the accumulation of poorly aligned and altered collagen.
The non-invasive nature of ExAblate whereby only the uterine fibroid is ablated and there is no damage to healthy surrounding tissue suggests that MRgFUS should be a safe approach for women who want to preserve their fertility," said Professor Lesley Regan, MD, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College, St.