An ordinary fibroid can turn into a calcified fibroid due to a hyaline degeneration. The degenerative process occurs whenever a tumour outgrows its blood supply, which then promotes calcium deposition leading to calcification. Calcification is generally known as the hardening of a soft tissue.
A fibroid calcification is a rock-solid lump, just like a bone or a tooth. While ordinary fibroids commonly affect women at childbearing years, fibroid calcifications often strike women of menopausal age. At this stage, a woman experiences a decrease in estrogen levels which could trigger the calcification process. A heavy menstrual period can also be the reason for a fibroid calcification.
The symptoms are normally hiding and are not showing up unless tested through a medical examination. Some cases are discovered accidentally through a radiological examination due to the detection of large quantities of calcium from the fibroids.
The common symptom of a calcified uterine fibroid condition is pain, although not as painful as other types of uterine fibroids. Calcification is usually the last step of a fibroid development. However, it can still greatly endanger some ligaments of the uterus. Because of this, pain in the waist area may be felt.
A treatment for a calcified uterine fibroid is to lower the intake of calcium in the body. But that could complicate osteoporosis, so it is usually not recommended. The best option is to remove the source of pain, that is, to surgically remove the stone-like formation in the uterus.
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