Uterine fibroids, or leiomyoma, is one of the most frequent tumors of the uterus. Almost 25% of women are affected at one time during their life. Often, these tumors are not symptomatic. However, at times they are associated with excessive or irregular menstrual bleeding.
Causes of Uterine Myoma
Uterine myoma or fibroids are caused by increased growth of a portion of the muscular wall of the uterus. The cause is unknown.
Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Myoma
Uterine fibroids are often asymptomatic. Rapidly enlarging tumors may cause pelvic pain. The are a common cause of heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding. In women of child bearing age, these tumors may produce infertility. Excessive blood loss can lead to signs of anemia, including fatigue, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate and pallor.
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