TITLE

Uterine fibroids: Potential complications and impact on pregnancy

AUTHOR(S)
Henshaw, Anne-Marie
PUB. DATE
February 2006
SOURCE
British Journal of Midwifery;Feb2006, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p73
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
uterine fibroids (also called leiomyomas or myomas) are the most common benign tumour identified in women of childbearing age, with a reported incidence of between 20%–30%. This article examines the etiology, classification, pathophysiology and morbidity associated with fibroids and, informed by research findings, considers the potential complications in pregnancy and birth attributable to fibroids. The link between fibroids, and bleeding and spontaneous miscarriage in early pregnancy will be considered as well as complications which may occur in later pregnancy and birth. These complications include pelvic pain, abdominal pain, an increased risk of placental abruption, pre-term labour, breech presentation, dysfunctional and/ or prolonged labour, caesarean section, post partum haemorrhage and retained placenta. The impact of size, location and number of fibroids in relation to complications will be discussed.
ACCESSION #
19745575

 

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