Uterine fibroids:Correlations of anemia and pain to fibroid location and uterine weight

Gloria A. Bachmann, Linda A. Bahouth, Premlatha Amalraj, Vidya Mhamunkar, Kathryn Hoes, Cande V. Ananth

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To estimate the prevalence of anemia, pelvic pain and heavy vaginal bleeding among symptomatic women with and without sub mucosal fibroids who presented for uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), and to determine if uterine weight was related to patient reports of heavy bleeding and pelvic pain. STUDY DESIGN: A case series study was performed that reviewed the ambulatory medical records of 357 symptomatic women with uterine fibroids seeking UFE from 2001 to 2009. Women with at least one sub mucosal fibroid were included as cases. Uterine weight was calculated by using ultrasound measurements. RESULTS: Women, regardless of fibroid location, were equally likely to report heavy bleeding or be diagnosed with anemia. However, among women with complaints of pelvic pain or heavy bleeding, uterine weight was found to be higher in women with at least one sub mucosal fibroid as compared to women with fibroids in locations other than sub mucosal. CONCLUSION: These data do not support the clinical perception that symptomatic women with at least one sub mucosal fibroid are at greater risk of becoming anemic or reporting heavy bleeding and pelvic pain than symptomatic women with fibroids in nonsubmucosal locations. It appears, however, that sub mucosal fibroids are related to increased patient symptoms with increasing uterine size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-466
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Anemia
  • Fibroids
  • Leiomyoma
  • Pelvic pain
  • Uterine
  • Uterine artery embolization
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Uterine weight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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