Sumary of Hysterectomy may be preventable for some women with common uterine condition, review finds:
- Adenomyosis – an abnormal tissue growth into the muscular wall of the uterus that causes painful cramps and heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding – is more common than generally appreciated, a review of the literature by gynecologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center revealed.
- The researchers identify several medical therapies and uterine-sparing procedures that can effectively improve symptoms without need for a hysterectomy.
- Other low-cost, low-risk options such as medical management or less invasive options have existed for more than 20 years.
- University Hospital and Member of the Lowe Foundation Center for Women’s Preventative Health Care at UT Southwestern Related StoriesModern ultrasound and MRI imaging, combined with a pelvic examination, can often spot the condition, said Dr. Kho.
- She and her colleagues encouraged greater awareness of this condition – as well as a related condition, endometriosis – including among school nurses, who are frequently the first contact for young women who begin menstruating.