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Doctor insights on: Fibroid Degeneration

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How long does fibroid degeneration take?

How long does fibroid degeneration take?

Can occur suddenly: Fibroid degeneration occurs when fibroid dies. It happens to fibroids when the woman goes in to menopause. Can also be present in pre-menoausal women. Growth of fibroid can outstrip it's ability to deliver blood flow to all portions of fibroid. These areas will die off lead to degeneration and ultimately scarring/calcification. Can happen acutely, cause patient to go to er. Can mimic appendicitis. ...Read more

Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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What happens during fibroid degeneration?And what are the signs of degeneration?

The tissue: In the fibroid does not have sufficient blood supply and so it begins to die (degenerate). This can cause pain and fever and abdominal tenderness. It is not usually dangerous, but can be very uncomfortable. It generally only happens with fairly large fibroids that are only connected to the uterus by stalks. ...Read more

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What is the example of fibroid degeneration and how does one know ?What are the signs?

Dying inside: Fibroid degeneration is when the fibroid starts to die in the middle. This can have no signs at all or it can cause severe pain. This most commonly happens in 2 situation. During pregnancy when the fibroid grows quickly it can run out of it's blood supply and start dying inside causing severe pain. I've also seen this happen near menopause when low hormone levels cause shrinkage. ...Read more

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I have a 10 CM fibroid degeneration (necrobiosis). What is the difference with my fibroid and a fibroid that underwent embolization as for shrinkage?

Blood supply: A fibroid that has been embolized stops having adequate blood supply long term, usually a degenerating fibroid is growing more rapidly for some reason and has outgrown it's blood supply making it degenerate in the center which is frequently quite painful. ...Read more

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Is uterine fibroid with cystic degeneration cancerous?

Is uterine fibroid with cystic degeneration cancerous?

Usually not: "cystic degeneration" usually means that a portion of the tumor has died as a result of its blood supply not always being adequate. If the tumor is troubling you, or if it is growing rapidly, or the radiologist has other concerns, you should consider having it removed or you may be given other options such as embolization. If there are other warnings of cancer, you must have it removed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can taking next choice pill cause fibroids to grow larger ?Also what is degeneration?

Can taking next choice pill cause fibroids to grow larger ?Also what is degeneration?

Fibroids and OCP : Lower dose birth control pills do not seem to cause fibroids to grow any faster than they usually do. When they outgrow their supply of blood flow and oxygen, they can degenerate. This can cause extra pain and bleeding. ...Read more

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What is a degenerated fibroid?

What is a degenerated fibroid?

Dying fibroid: When a fibroid outgrows its blood supply, areas of it can die off. This event can be very painful to a patient, even causing her to go to the Emergency Room. For degenerating fibroid(s) on the right side, this can even simulate appendicitis. Degenerating fibroids often eventually calcify which can be detected on pelvic imaging (exs. x-ray, CT scan, ultrasound). ...Read more

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Anterior fibroid measuring 3.5cm ?

Anterior fibroid measuring 3.5cm ?

Not enough info: Fibroids are very common benign tumors. They are found in a woman's uterus and can be discovered during a routine pelvic exam or pelvic ultrasound. If there are no symptoms (exs. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency) no treatment is necessary unless it is determined that the fibroid is preventing a fertility patient from getting pregnant or causing her to miscarry. ...Read more

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Is submuscosal fibroid and subserosal fibroid harmful?

Not necessarily.: Many, many women have fibroids as they get older. Most don't even know they have them. If you are having symptoms due to them, like heavy periods, etc., then they may be worth treating. Discuss your options with your doctor. Very very rarely, a fibroid can become cancerous. See http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/uterine-fibroids.html#g ...Read more

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My fibroid is 11.2 X 10.1 Transverse 8.5 cradlocavdal?

My fibroid is 11.2 X 10.1 Transverse 8.5 cradlocavdal?

Large Fibroid: I'm not sure what your question is? This is a large fibroid the size of a baby's head. It can be removed by myomectomy without much difficulty. You are only 37 years old and it's to soon to remove your uterus unless you are finished with childbearing. Check out www.chicagofibroid.com for more information about fibroids. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more