A Common Misdiagnosis of Fibroids

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A Common Misdiagnosis of Fibroids

Pain, pressure, & heavy bleeding are symptoms shared by both fibroids & adenomyosis, a condition commonly misdiagnosed as fibroids.

Adenomyosis and particularly adenomyomas are commonly misdiagnosed as fibroids because the symptoms are similar. A women affected by adenomyosis can experience growth of her uterus up to three times its original size. Adenomyosis is the result of trauma, which is why it typically happens  in women over 30 who have had children.  When a women has adenomyosis, the endometrial cells get pushed down during childbirth and when she gets small tears in her uterus, the cells get trapped inside.  Normally, during a woman’s menstrual cycle, she sheds her lining, but in adenomyosis, the cells cannot all get out because they are stuck inside the tears in the uterus, so the cells keep getting larger.

Women often experience painful and heavy periods which are similar to those experienced by women with fibroids. In both cases, a uterus affected by either disease is enlarged and ultrasound imaging often fails to distinguish the two conditions. This can be a particular problem if myomectomy is undertaken. An attempted myomectomy for “fibroids” on a patient with adenomyosis can result in extensive bleeding and may result in the need for hysterectomy.

For additional questions about fibroids and misdiagnosis, please contact us directly by calling 866-362-64633 or by requesting a free consultation. Additionally, you can find us on Twitter @fibroiddoctor and on Facebook at facebook.com/fibroids.

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