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I recently had an ultrasound done. The report said I have anterior wall uterine fibroid measuring 1.7 x 1.6 cm. What is this? Hw does it affect me?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology
7 doctors agree

In brief: May or may not

A fibroid is a benign growth in the muscle layer of the uterus.
1.7 cm is about 1/2 an inch. This is a small fibroid & may not cause any symtpoms. But even a fibroid this small can cause cramping or bleeding if it protrudes into the uterine lining. A special type of ultrasound called hysterosonogram, or an exam with a telescope, known as hysteroscopy can tell if it affects the uterine lining.

In brief: May or may not

A fibroid is a benign growth in the muscle layer of the uterus.
1.7 cm is about 1/2 an inch. This is a small fibroid & may not cause any symtpoms. But even a fibroid this small can cause cramping or bleeding if it protrudes into the uterine lining. A special type of ultrasound called hysterosonogram, or an exam with a telescope, known as hysteroscopy can tell if it affects the uterine lining.
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Dr. John Lipman
Radiology
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In brief: Probably not at all

1.6 or 1.7cm is about the width of a man's finger. A fibroid of this size rarely causes any symptoms or problems.
Fibroids can be seen in 3 main locations: submucosal (inner lining), intramural (middle/muscular layer), and subserosal (outer edge). A submucosal fibroid of this size might cause heavy menses; the other 2 locations almost assuredly incidental.

In brief: Probably not at all

1.6 or 1.7cm is about the width of a man's finger. A fibroid of this size rarely causes any symptoms or problems.
Fibroids can be seen in 3 main locations: submucosal (inner lining), intramural (middle/muscular layer), and subserosal (outer edge). A submucosal fibroid of this size might cause heavy menses; the other 2 locations almost assuredly incidental.
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
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In brief: No symptom No treat

25-50% women develop benign uterine fibroid (muscle) tumors.
If you don't have symptoms (heavy periods, pain) then no intervention is needed. Hopefully you with such a small fibroid. If you have symptoms then many options exist to help improve them: myomectomy, hysterectomy (laparoscopic), uterine artery ablation, and hysteroscopic myomectomy.

In brief: No symptom No treat

25-50% women develop benign uterine fibroid (muscle) tumors.
If you don't have symptoms (heavy periods, pain) then no intervention is needed. Hopefully you with such a small fibroid. If you have symptoms then many options exist to help improve them: myomectomy, hysterectomy (laparoscopic), uterine artery ablation, and hysteroscopic myomectomy.
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