Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids

About Uterine Fibroids

A uterine fibroid is a leiomyoma (benign (non-cancerous) tumor from smooth muscle tissue) that originates from the smooth muscle layer (myometrium) of the uterus. Fibroids are often multiple and garner the designation of diffuse uterine leiomyomatosis if they are randomly located and many in numbers. There is a malignant form of a fibroid and fibroids can rarely (0.1-0.5%), undergo malignant degeneration into leiomyosarcoma. Additionally there are rare forms of fibroids where the lesions are capable of metastasising without malignant transformation and this process is called benign metastasising leiomyoma.

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