Uterine Fibroids - Uterine Fibroids Uterine fibroids are...

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Uterine Fibroids Uterine fibroids are benign tumours of the uterus that are primarily smooth muscle and connective tissue (leiomyoma). They are usually round, firm, and well-circumscribed nodules. Symptoms Most patients are asymptomatic Urinary symptoms due to mass effect frequency, urgency, or incontinence) Fibroids may cause: o Menorrhagia o Pelvic mass o Bloating o Pelvic pain o Infertility Risk Factors = increased patient weight, age >40s, black ethnicity, (Pregnancy seems to be protective) Causes Nodules are made up of spindle-shaped cells with no mitotic activity (non-malignant porperty). Arise from the myometrial layer of the uterine corpus. Strong association between heavy menses and uterine fibroids. May obstruct menstrual flow and cause dysmenorrhoea. Classification: Uterine body = Subserosal, Intramural, or submucosal myoma Cervical:
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Broad ligament (between the 2 layers) Treatment Asymptomatic:
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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