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Lupus Cause Fibroid Tumors
I have some tracts of lupus & have fibroid 9cm. Been having some stomach issue with some food. Is endoscopy needed and a good thing to do?
Not enough info: No one could tell you one way or the other based on the scanty info you provided. Ask your own doctor that question. ...Read more
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
What are the risks being pregnant with. Lupus, sjögren's syndrome, sinus tarchydia, irregular heart beats and fibroid tumor?
Multiple: You definitely want to consult a high-risk pregnancy specialist. Pregnancy is a physical strain, and all of your conditions can be exacerbated. There are fetal risks to those autoimmune diseases, including fetal heart block and oligohydramnios. Your fibroids could cause preterm labor and increase your risk for cesarean section. Your heart disease shouldn't be taken lightly either. ...Read more
Dumb luck: Maybe a quarter of women of reproductive age have fibroids in the uterus that cause more or less trouble. There are a variety of ways to handle these nowadays, some letting you keep your uterus if that is your desire. ...Read more
If they are large: Fibroids can cause bleeding from the uterus in some cases. Other times they can cause pain and pressure. This happens when they get large enough to press on another structure (like the bowel or the bladder). They would have to be really large to put pressure on anything outside the pelvis. So if the problem is in the pelvis, maybe. If it is in your chest or upper abdomen (belly), that is unlikely. ...Read more
Does the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot help with cysts and fibroid tumors? Or can it cause it to be worse?
In general, it helps: The Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) shots have a very strong suppressive effect on the production of ovarian cysts, and many f ibroids will shrink under the influence of progestins (like in the Depo-Provera provera). With that said, some women will develop irregular bleeding when they use Depo-Provera provera, and it has other side effects of weight gain, moodiness, etc - in some patients. ...Read more
I am 38, & just diagnosed w/complex hyperplasia, large fibroid tumors & polyp should I have a d&c?
Follow your doctor's: Advice. Hyperplasia of the endometrium may cause abnormal bleeding and having a D&C may help with that as well as allow examination of the abnormal endometrium by a pathologist so see if there is a more serious issue. ...Read more
Fibroid tumor: Fibroid tumors are quite common. They are benign smooth muscle tumors arising in the uterine wall of reproductive-age women and can result in irregular menses, abdominal pain and/or enlargement, and, in some cases, reduce fertility by obstructing implantation or irritating the endometrial lining. ...Read more
May be good: A fibroid that outgrows it's own blood supply may "infarct" and start to "degenerate". This stops growth and may cause a decrease in size. Now the bad news, it's painful and may lead to other problems like fever or infection (not common) or inflammation that cause adhesions (common). Fibroid degeneration is most common in pregnancy and usually does not require rx other than pain control. ...Read more
Depends: Having fibroid without symptoms nothing should be done. If causing significant symptoms there are medicines that can help temporize, but often the woman will be left with of 1of 2 choices: surgery or uterine fibroid embolization (ufe). Ufe is safer, less invasive, shorter recovery than surgery and effective > 90% of cases. Also she can keep her uterus which is important even if family complete. ...Read more
Anything is possible: There are certain cases where tumors can abnormally make the same hormone that normally indicates a normal pregnancy. In these situations, you would not have expected findings on ultrasound such as a heart beat or normal growth characteristics seen in fetuses so it would be discovered with a little time. ...Read more
May cause bleeding: Fibroids do not directly bleed or discharge fluids, but can cause heavy menstral bleeding by their location, midcycle breakthrough bleeding by irritation, and if a fibroid prolapses (pushes out of cervix) may cause a watery discharge. The later is of significant concern and should be evaluated asap! ...Read more
Surgery if Symptoms:
No medication permanently shrinks fibroid tumors. If you have symptoms options exist to help improve them:
myomectomy (cutting out fibroids, repairing uterus) for women who desire future pregnancy
hysterectomy (fibroid uterus removal), preferably laparoscopic or vaginal routes, best choice if family complete
uterine artery embolization - injection of foam to block uterus blood supply. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with a grapefruit sized fibroid tumor-- is it ok to wait 4months to have myomectomy?
Likely yes: The ultrasound exam should indicate any changes in the leiomyoma (fibroid tumor) that would be cause for concern. Otherwise, waiting four months, as the tumor has likely been around for many years, should not be an issue. You should definitely discuss this with your gyn surgeon, though. ...Read more
What to do if I have fibroid tumors, a common diagnosis in fertile women over 40, are also called. Because they are derived from?
Leiomyomas: Uterine fibroids are growths of the smooth muscle wall of the uterus that can at times reach enormous sized producing symptoms secondary to bleeding or bulk size. At times they undergo malignant degeneration and result in a lesion, the leiomyosarcoma. One can embolize the blood supply to the bulky lesion or perform hysterectomy ...Read more
Why would fibroid tumor grow back just a month after having it removed with dnc? Can those spread in other organs? What will obgyn do now?
Serious issue: Fibroids are benign smooth muscle tumors (leiomyomas). If surgically removed they are not likely to grow back, and if they do they should do so slowly as they are slowly-growing tumors. So if there has really been re-growth documented, for example by ultrasound, in just a month something else is going on. Have your doctor check the pathology report for any sarcomatous tissue. ...Read more
Can cause problems: Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the muscular layer if the uterus. They are hormonally driven and can grow in size and cause problems for many women. They can cause pelvic pain, urinary symptoms, and constipation if a large enough size. They can also cause abnormal bleeding and heavy periods. ...Read more
Soft tissue tumor: Fibrous histiocytoma or Dermatofibromas are hard solitary slow-growing lesions that may appear in a variety of colours, usually brownish to tan. They are often elevated or pedunculated. Some believe that dermatofibromas form as a reaction to previous skin injuries. They are composed of disordered collagen laid down by fibroblasts The malignant variety (MFH), a type of sarcoma, is a malignant neoplasm of uncertain origin that arises both in soft tissue and bone. This lesion is rich in histiocytes with a storiform growth pattern and is now considered the most common soft tissue sarcoma in adults. ...Read more
Depends: Fibroid usually refers to a leiomyoma (benign tumor of smooth muscle) of the uterus. Fibroids are not necessarily associated with weight loss or weight gain themselves, but sometimes the tumors can be large in which case removal might result in a noticeable difference. Also, any type of surgery can have some impact on weight, depending on appetite and retaining fluid during recovery. ...Read more
Yes: You no longer need pap-smears if your pap-smears were all normal prior to the hysterectomy. If you had abnormal pap-smears prior to the hysterectomy, pap-smears are still recommended in some cases. You still need to see your Gyn every year for breast care, mammograms and an exam to check on your ovaries. Best wishes! ...Read more
I am trying to find out some information on fibroid tumors and the increase in size and if I should be worried.?
Not unless very fast: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more
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