Can fibroids develop in places other than the uterus?

Edmond E. Pack, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
While fibroids mostly grow in the uterus, they can also grow in the ovaries, says Edmond Pack, MD, an OB/GYN at Southern Hills Hospital. In this video, he discusses how uterine fibroids can affect the Fallopian tubes.

Fibroids most commonly develop in the uterus, but in rare cases they may affect other organs. Fibroids begin in smooth muscle cells, usually in the uterus. However, they may develop in other areas where smooth muscle cells are found. Rarely, a fibroid may invade other nearby organs. These types of fibroids, called parasitic fibroids, develop on a "stalk" coming from the uterus and eventually travel and attach themselves to the other organs, where they can cause serious complications.

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Uterine Fibroids

If you have uterine fibroids, you may never even notice that they are there. Ranging from the size of a small seed to grapefruit-sized, fibroids are tumors on the uterus that rarely cause harm. Some women have true discomfort with ...

fibroids, including pain in the abdomen or low back, or pain during sex. Sometimes, uterine fibroids can cause miscarriage, preterm labor, or even lead to infertility. Women in their 40s and 50s, women of African-American descent and women that are overweight are at higher risk of developing fibroids, although an estimated 20-80% of women will have them at some point before they turn 50. If your doctor notices fibroids during an ultrasound or pelvic exam, he or she may want to treat them with medication or surgery.

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