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Intramural Fibroid

10/01/2009

Question:

Is operation necessary for 1.73cmX1.45cm anterior wall intramural fibroid? or any other suggestion

Answer:

Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomata, are benign tumors of the uterine muscle.  They are extremely common, occurring in at least one in four women.  In most women, they cause no symptoms and require no treatment.  Sometimes, they can cause pain, abnormal bleeding, difficulty carrying pregnancy, or difficulty with urination.

The decision to treat is not based on the size of the tumor, but rather by where the tumor is and what symptoms it is causing.  A very large tumor might cause no problem at all and require no treatment.  On the other hand, if a tumor is only 1 cm but distorting the lining of the uterine cavity and causing extremely heavy menstrual bleeding, it may be removed to solve this problem.

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Response by:

Jonathan  A Schaffir, MD Jonathan A Schaffir, MD
Clnical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University