Diagnosis of Uterine Fibroids
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Diagnostic Tests Include:
Routine Pelvic Exams —Most significant fibroids are discovered on routine pelvic examination. If symptoms such as heavy bleeding suggest the presence of fibroids that are not discovered on pelvic examination, further evaluation with imaging studies may be indicated.
Transvaginal Ultrasound —Many gynecologists have this instrument in their offices. A smooth probe inserted into the vagina produces images of pelvic structures using high frequency sound waves.
]]>CT Scan]]> —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the body
]]>Hysteroscopy]]> —A thin, lighted telescope-like tube is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the cavity of the uterus.
Also Used for Diagnosis:
]]> Hysterosalpingography ]]> —In this X-ray procedure, a dye is injected into the uterus and fallopian tubes to outline any irregularities of the uterine wall and fallopian tube passages.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp074.cfm . Accessed June, 30, 2008.
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy . 17th ed. Merck and Co.; 1999.
The National Uterine Fibroids Foundation website. Available at: http://www.nuff.org/health_riskfactors.htm .
National Women’s Health Resource Center website. Available at: http://www.healthywomen.org/ . Accessed March 1, 2006.
Last reviewed June 2008 by ]]>Ganson Purcell Jr., MD, FACOG, FACPE]]>
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