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What Causes Thickening Of The Cervix
Lining of uterus: When the lining of your uterus is thick it means that either you are in the last phase of your menstrual cycle or also it can be due to pregnancy. However, medical conditions of the uterus can also resemble a thick endometrium, like endometrial hyperplasia (pre -malginancy) endometrial polyps, or uterine fibroids. ...Read more
Depends: Is this from an ultrasound study? Are you referring to the lining of the uterus or the uterus itself? There are many potetial answers. The lining of uterus ( endometrium) can be thickened based on where you are in your normal cycle. Other possibilities include fibroids, polyps, hyperplasia, cancer...Thickening of the muscles can include fibroids, adenomyosis, tumors, cancer.... ...Read more
Some HPV infections: Cervical cancer is generally associated with certain strains of HPV (human papillomavirus) infections. This virus most commonly causes genital warts. However there are certain strains such as HPV-16 and HPV-18 that can cause changes in the cells of the cervix which can lead to cancer. HPV is very common but thankfully most infections do not lead to cancer. It's spread by sexual contact. ...Read more
Multiple things: An enlarged uterus can be caused by pregnancy, fibroids (benign muscular tumors of the uterus) or by adenomyosis which is where tissue from the lining of the uterus grows into the muscle wall causing it to enlarge, become "boggy", tender and may bleed more heavily. There is also a rare cancer, leiomyosarcoma, that can cause rapid enlargement of the uterus. ...Read more
Thickening on x-ray: The differential includes: inflammation (colitis, diverticulitis), infiltrative disease (like cancer), muscular contraction (like spasm), more. Don't put off a colonoscopy for definitive evaluation. In the meantime, for your piece of mind, a home FIT (fecal immunochemical test) can be performed & will pick up 79% of colon cancers with a single screen (the rate is closer to 95% for colonoscopy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cervical inflamation: Can be due to infections (stds) like chlamydia or gonorrhea, trichomonas, at times herpes. Non-infectious causes include iuds, diaphragms, latex condoms, & spermicidal lubricants. Have pcp/gyn check for infectious cause as, untreated, it can scar fallopian tubes & cause infertility. If std positive, have partner(s) treated too to prevent re-infection. Hpv as a cause is under debate. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
HPV: The overwhelming majority of cervical dyplasia is caused by hpv (human papilloma virus). Hpv is a virus transmitted sexually. Most cases of hpv will resolve on their own but some cases will persist and lead to precancerous (dysplasia) changes in the cervix. Some cases of cervical dysplasia can progress to cervical cancer so proper follow up with your doctor is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cervix: Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous condition in which abnormal cell growth occurs on the surface lining of the cervix, the opening between the uterus and the vagina. It is also called cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). Your doctor may simply repeat the pap smear in 4-6 months or depending on the degree of abnormal cell growth, schedule further studies ...Read more
Typically, None.: Endometrial calcifications are typically incidental and benign without any particular symptoms. They are picked up as incidental findings during ultrasound exams. Lots of detailed info in this professional paper: http://www.Jultrasoundmed.Org/content/24/5/583.Long. ...Read more
Increase in hormones: As a woman ages, her risk of uterine cancer increases. The lining of the uterine wall is stimulated to grow by female hormones. Being overweigh does increase one's risk of uterine cancer indirectly by increasing female hormone levels, particularly after menopause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great difference: The precancerous conditions which are believed to lead to cancer cannot spread beyond the superficial layer of the cervix. None of these precancerous conditions leads to cancer 100% of the time, but the worse they are, and the older the patient is, the more likely it is that cancer will develop. The point of pap smears is to detect the precancerous conditions so they can be removed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: A bacterial infection could cause this (helicobacter). Excessive acid production can cause this. Medications (aspirin, ibuprofen) can cause this. Stress can cause this. There are many other causes. Acid peptic disease is the more common cause along with the h. Pylori infection. Treatment is available. Rarely now is surgery needed. Diagnostics are readily available. See a GI doctor. ...Read more
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