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ID 16730
  Title Uterine fibroids: An integrative approach
Journal J Chiropr Med. 2004 Winter;3(1):15-19
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes Excerpt: Uterine fibroids are estimated to be present in 20–40% of reproductive age women, indicating that they are the most common gynecologic pelvic neoplasm. The term “fibroid” is really a misnomer because this tumor consists largely of smooth muscle rather than fibrous tissue, and is thus more appropriately termed “leiomyoma.” Leiomyomas are usually asymptomatic and benign. Women of African decent are 3–9 times more likely to have these tumors. They are not identifiable before puberty and normally grow only during the reproductive years, sometimes achieving significant proportions that can result in symptoms of increased pressure on the pelvic structures. Additional symptoms can include abnormal endometrial bleeding, infertility and spontaneous abortion. Fibroids, when present, are usually multiple and can attain huge proportions, weighing as much as 100 pounds. Malignant transformation is rare, accounting for less than .5% of tumors; however, excessive bleeding is common and often results in hysterectomy when blood loss is severe.

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