n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Uterine leiomyomas : review




Extracted from text ... REVIEW Obstetrics & Gynaecology Forum ? October 2005 5 Uterine leiomyomas Introduction Uterine leiomyomas, also known as myomas or fibroids, are by far the most common gynaecological tumours. They originate from smooth muscle and usually arise from the uterine myometrium and less commonly from the cervix. While these tumours are commonly known as fibroids, this term is inaccurate by histological criteria. Leiomyomas cause enlargement of the uterus and distortion of its normal structure with resulting implications for menstrual and reproductive function. Epidemiology of uterine leiomyomas Incidence The incidence of leiomyomas ranges from 20% to 77% depending on the method of ..


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