A subserosal fibroid is a subtype of uterine fibroids that develops just under the external uterus. This type of fibroids is often misdiagnosed as ovarian cyst. Although it is a tumor, it is an example of a benign tumor so it is not deadly. However, untreated cases of subserosal uterine fibroids can make a patient look like she is pregnant.
Fibroids are common in women, especially in the childbearing years. Half of women aged 50 and above have experienced having uterine fibroids. Subserosal uterine fibroids can be a silent perpetrator. Symptoms are usually felt only when the tumour is already big enough to damage other organs.
When a patient feels the symptoms, she feels heavy and agitated. Subserosal uterine fibroids may complicate the colon and the digestive system. When this happens, bowel movements and food transition may get thwarted. Moreover, subserosal uterine fibroids may harm the different nerves of the body. Because of this, pain in the lower back reaching down to the thighs may also be felt.
In treating severe cases of this condition, a laparoscopic myomectomy is usually done. In this procedure, the subserous fibroids are surgically removed from the uterus. Another option is the uterine fibroid embolization. The purpose of this procedure is to block the blood supply to the fibroids, in order to stop it from further growing.
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