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Calcified Uterine Fibroids

What is a calcified fibroid?

Uterine fibroids are one of the common benign gynecologic tumors, affecting many women mostly in their child-bearing age. At this time, the etiology is unclear but there are several theories that have been speculated including genetic predisposition and the affect of estrogen/progesterone levels.

Calcified fibroids develop when the fibroid tumor outgrows its own blood supple, resulting in a process of degeneration. As this degeneration occurs, the process initiates calcium deposition, leading to calcification. There is an increased likeliness of this calcification process to occur during menopause as fibroids tend to regress after the estrogen drop during menopause.

Symptoms of a calcified fibroid may vary with position and size, as with ordinary fibroids. However, there is a much reduced severity of pain since the calcified fibroid signifies that the fibroid is no longer growing. Pressure on the area of the calcified fibroid may lead to constant waist pain, usually made worse during menstruation. Because the calcified fibroid is formed during the end stage of the degenerative process, there is no real reason to “treat” the fibroid.

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-2 #3 Barbara A. McGlorie 2014-07-31 00:34
My fibroid tumors are calcified so is there a way to remove them without surgery?
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+1 #2 Marilyn 2014-07-15 12:09
Hysterectomy in 2013. Took everything.
Right leg swelling did Ultra Sound for blood clots-none found. Ultra Sound on Pelvis today. She mentioned Calcified Uterus when I had hysterectomy 2013. I did not remember that. Would that have anything to do with swelling in let.
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0 #1 Alesha 2014-07-10 03:50
My GYN doc just diagnosed a degenerative uterine fibroid. Will it now calcify? He also told me that the fibroid had not grown in size since first diagnosed 5 years ago. If this is the case then why did it degenerate suddenly? I thought it would have to grow in order to lose the blood supply to it. Please explain. Thanks.
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