The obvious first question. Leave it to me to make it third. 😉
These passages are taken directly from WebMD – Fibroids:
The correct medical term for what we’ve come to know as a fibroid is leiomyoma uteri. Leiomyoma uteri is a benign tumor made of smooth uterine muscle. Leio means “smooth,” my means “muscle,” and oma means “benign growth.” Fibroid tumors are therefore a collection of innocent uterine muscle cells that form a noticeable hard lump. Fibroids are grayish white, firm, round, and ring shaped. They come in all sizes, and it’s common to have several fibroids growing at once.
Found a good link that shows a picture of fibroids of multiple sizes. Once there, click the small thumbnail fibroid photo near the top. This will open a window that displays the larger image.
Fibroids are classified by location:
- Intramural or interstitial: fibroids in the outer or innermost layer of the uterus.
- Subserous/serosal: fibroids that protrude into the abdominal cavity and can be pedunculated (they grow on a stalk, like broccoli).
- Submucosal: fibroids that invade the endometrium.
- Parasitic: fibroids that migrate out of the uterus and invade the cervix or other pelvic organs, developing their own blood supply.
Personally, I was not familiar with the parasitic variety. One contributor (fibroid free) did have parasitic fibroids as a possible concern during her abdominal myomectomy. Thank you for sharing this information.
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