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What are fibroids?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Uterine growths

Fibroids are benign growths of smooth muscle of the uterus.
They are not precancerous, however, they can cause symptoms. Some symptoms of fibroids include abdominal pain and heavy vaginal bleeding. They can be treated with hormonal medications or surgery if they are extremely bothersome.

In brief: Uterine growths

Fibroids are benign growths of smooth muscle of the uterus.
They are not precancerous, however, they can cause symptoms. Some symptoms of fibroids include abdominal pain and heavy vaginal bleeding. They can be treated with hormonal medications or surgery if they are extremely bothersome.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
Answer assisted by Marianne Di Napoli, Medical Student
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Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Fibroids are growth of the smooth muscle of the uterus. Rarely are they cancerous, but I just did a hysterectomy today on someone whose heavy bleeding was due to precancerous cells in her uterine lining, but she also had large fibroids. Fibroids may grow so large that they obstruct the ureters and still not feel "bothersome." Fibroids can interfere with fertility or cause severe periods and anemia.
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In brief: Common benign masses

Common benign masses in the uterus, fibroids may have no symptoms or may cause vaginal bleeding or symptoms related to bulk.
There are many treatment options. Hysterectomy and myomectomy are traditional approaches. Uterine artery embolization, offered by interventional radiologists, is a minimally invasive approach - with short recovery time it may be a good option for many patients.

In brief: Common benign masses

Common benign masses in the uterus, fibroids may have no symptoms or may cause vaginal bleeding or symptoms related to bulk.
There are many treatment options. Hysterectomy and myomectomy are traditional approaches. Uterine artery embolization, offered by interventional radiologists, is a minimally invasive approach - with short recovery time it may be a good option for many patients.
Dr. Alexander Vogel
Dr. Alexander Vogel
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
great answer. Wishing you'all the best.
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