An Introduction to Fibroid Tumors

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Dr Keith Reisler

As a privately practicing obstetrician and gynecologist (OBGYN) in Plano, Texas, Dr. Keith Reisler offers treatment for a comprehensive range of women’s health issues. Keith Reisler, MD, has treated many patients with fibroid tumors.

Most often benign, fibroid tumors develop in the uterus as a collection of smooth muscle cells. They usually grow slowly and are asymptomatic in approximately 75 percent of cases. They may appear as a single tumor or as a cluster and can vary dramatically in size, the smallest being only a single millimeter in diameter and the largest growing to more than 20 cm.

Fibroid tumors stand out as the most commonly diagnosed gynecological tumor in women. They are most common in women between the ages of 30 and 40, although they can appear in any female patient whose body is actively producing estrogen.

Fibroids that grow in the uterine lining may lead to heavy and extended bleeding in menstruation, while those that grow on the outside of the uterus are more likely be asymptomatic. However, these sub-serous fibroids tend to be the largest type of fibroid tumor. The final type of fibroid, the intramural fibroid, is significantly more common and can cause uterine bulging. The type of fibroid, as well as its degree of symptomatic presentation, can help an OBGYN to determine whether surgical or nonsurgical treatment can provide the best relief.