What Is Considered a Large-Size Fibroid Tumor?

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Many women who have uterine fibroids do not know that they are there. Some fibroids are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Others can grow to be much larger.

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Woman at doctor appointment.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop within your uterus.

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Medical equipment in empty hospital room.

Significance

According to the Mayo Clinic, as many as three out of four women will develop uterine fibroids during her childbearing years.

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Young woman smiling outdoors.

Size

Large fibroids can grow to be over 6 inches in diameter. Very large fibroids are big enough to fill your abdominal or pelvic cavity, states the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

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Woman with hands on abdomen.

Complications

Large fibroid tumors can cause urinary difficulties and might interfere with your doctor's ability to perform a pelvic examination on you.

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Doctor examining x-rays.

Treatment

Large uterine fibroids can be treated through myomectomy, a surgery to remove them from your uterus. A hysterectomy, a procedure in which your uterus is removed, will also remove the fibroids.

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Surgeons performing surgery.

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