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John Lipman, MD, Interventional Radiology, answeredFibroids are benign, non-cancerous tumors that involve the uterus. Fibroids can be classified based on their location in the uterus. There are 3 types of fibroids based on this classification. 1. Submucosal: along the lining of the uterus, 2. Intramural: in the muscular portion of the uterus, and 3. Subserosal: along the outer surface of the uterus.
Healthwise answeredIntramural fibroids are noncancerous growths (benign tumors) found within the wall of the uterus. They are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous tissue and are the most common type of uterine fibroid. Some women with intramural fibroids experience symptoms such as pelvic or abdominal pain or pressure, painful intercourse, heavy or irregular bleeding, increased need to urinate, bloating or thickness in the stomach area or problems getting or staying pregnant. Intramural fibroids are usually diagnosed with a physical exam and a pelvic ultrasound (x-ray) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Intramural fibroids that do not cause symptoms may not need treatment, but they should be closely watched. Fibroids that cause symptoms may be surgically removed or treated with hormone medication.
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