Published: May 24, 2011
Updated: May 24, 2011
A fibroid is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor of the uterine smooth muscle. It is also called leiomyoma or myoma.
There can be a single or multiple fibroids within a woman’s uterus. They are the most common tumor of the female genital tract, occurring in 50 percent of women.
Although roughly 30 percent of women with fibroids will have symptoms, African American women are more likely to be affected.
Symptoms typically affect women in their 30s and 40s.
Fibroids are the leading indication for the 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the United States each year.
Fibroids may arise in different parts of the uterus and are named according to their position within the layers of the uterus. The position of the fibroid determines the type of symptom you may experience and the treatment options available.
The growth rate of a fibroid is dependent on hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and possibly others). Growth rates vary greatly among women and the cause for this variability is not known.
You may contact the offices of Michael J. Miller MD, David Sopko, MD, and Waleska M. Pabon-Ramos, MD, MPH, Division of Vascular-Interventional Radiology, at Duke University Medical Center at 919-684-7280 or e-mail Debbie Semmel, FNP-BC, at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Care Guide Index