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Unread 03-16-2005, 05:39 PM
Polyp -v- Fibroid

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Unread 03-16-2005, 06:26 PM
Polyp -v- Fibroid

A fibroid is made up of muscle tissue and collagen and grows in the uterine wall, but sometimes on stalks. Sometimes it's deep in the wall, sometimes right at the surface of the inside or the outside. They're dense, dense things. Often they're small, the size of grapes but for many women they grow large and heavy - 6-20 cms and can weigh several pounds.

A polyp is a bit different and they usually grow within the uterus. They look like a little bump (usually 1-3 cms but can grow as large as 6-7) or fern frond (pedunculated) - more fleshy than fibroids, and they're made up of blood vessels and usually bleed very easily. They're often a cause of "flooding" - that kind of bleeding that isn't accompanied by cramps but comes really fast. Polyps are not cancerous, but other tumors can look like polyps, so biopsy is usually necessary when a doctor sees them on a hysteroscopy.

I'm doing most of this from memory, so someone correct me if I've got something wrong here.

Take care.
Unread 03-16-2005, 07:38 PM
Polyp -v- Fibroid

Didn't even know I had an endometrial polyp until reading the pathology report. It also showed up in the picture of my uterus that DR took in the OR. Having a polyp certainly explained the unexpected, flooding type bleeds.

It started bleeding during my last pelvic ultrasound. I felt the technician was pressing too hard. Then a couple of days later there were enormous clots while I was at work.

My DR missed it during a hysteroscopy but I understand they can be hard to see and tend to move out of the way if brushed against.

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