Can anyone help me please? My friend has just had a vaginal ultrasound done and they've told her the uterus lining is thickened. This brings back terrible memories for me, as last year I had a vaginal ultrasound done and was told the same thing. Mine resulted in weeks of tests as cancer was a strong possibility, but thankfully ended up being severe atypical.
Does anyone know of any reasons, other than possible cancer, why the lining would be thickened.
From what little I know, and I'm no doctor here, an excess of estrogen may cause proliferation of endometrial cells. The cells may be normal, or they may start to change. I had a thickening of the endometrium where the cells were PRE-cancerous...complex hyperplasia with atypia. I would imagine the next step for your friend will be some sort of biopsy or D&C to see what those pesky cells are doing. After my surgery, a tiny bit of cancer was found and eliminated so it turned out good for me that I didn't wait as I'd wanted to. Long story short -- it may not be cancer at all!! Good luck,
I had an US to find out if I had thickening lining and was referred to a gyn also. My PCP kept mentioning over and over that I was at a higher risk for endometrial cancer due to being overweight and I had horrible periods (which he told me to get used to at my age) which were making me anemic.
Had the US, and lining was thickened. Went to gyn and she did endometrial biopsy, (which to me wasn't that bad) and the following week I went back for results and pap. Everything was fine and I was then scheduled for D&C and ablation. The D&C went fine, the ablation failed. But they did not find anything cancerous either with the biopsy or when they examined the tissue scraped from the D&C.
Due to the heavy bleeding, anemia, failed ablation, etc it was recommended I have a hyst and I agreed. I would do it again in a heartbeat, I feel soooooooooo MUCH better now
2 months before I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer I had had a CT scan for a different reason. The scan report came back negative for the original purpose but did note that I had a thickening of the uterus. This report came from my primary physician. He never bothered to refer me to a Gyn. Only after spotting in the following weeks did I take the initiative and bring the spotting to the attention of my Gyn. So what I'm saying is tell your friend to take the thickening of her uterus seriously and go to her Gyn for a followup. anna