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Retroversion of the uterus occurs when a woman's uterus (womb) tilts backward rather than forward. It is commonly called a "tipped uterus."
Uterus retroversion; Malposition of the uterus; Tipped uterus; Tilted uterus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Retroversion of the uterus is common. It is the normal uterine position in about 20% of all women.
Weakening pelvic ligaments associated with menopause may cause this condition in women who previously did not have a retroverted uterus.
Enlargement of the uterus, either as the result of a pregnancy or a tumor , may also lead to retroversion.
Scar tissue in the pelvis (pelvic adhesions) can also hold the uterus in a retroverted position. Such scarring may result from:
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Introduction A uterine fibroid (known medically as a leiomyoma or myoma ) is a noncancerous (benign) growth of smooth muscle and connective tissue. Fibroids can range in size from as small as a pinhead to larger than a melon. Fibroids have been reported weighing more than 20 pounds. Fibroids originate from the thick wall of the uterus and are categorized by where they grow: Intramural fibroids grow within the middle and thickest layer of the uterus (called the myometrium ). Subserosal fibroids grow out from the thin outer fibrous layer of the uterus (called the serosa ). Subserosal can be either stalk-like ( pedunculated ) or broad-based ( sessile ). Submucosal fibroids grow from the uterine wall toward and into the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium ). Submucosal fibroids can also be stalk-like or broad-based. Fibroid tumors may not need to be removed if they are not causing pain, bleeding excessively, or growing rapidly. The Female Reproductive System The primary structures in the reproduc...
Endometrial cancer - carcinoma of the lining of the uterus - is the most common gynecologic malignancy in women. Endometrial carcinomas arise from the glands of the lining of the uterus, the pear-shaped organ in the pelvis. Cervical cancer and ovarian cancer are other types of gynecologic cancers in women. Adenocarcinoma accounts for about 75 percent of all endometrial carcinomas. It occurs most often in women 50 to 70 years of age. Endometrial adenocarcinomas that contain benign squamous cells are known as adenoacanthomas and account for about 17 percent of endometrial cancer . The remaining three types of endometrial carcinoma have a poor prognosis. Approximately 15 percent of woman have adenosquamous carcinoma, in which both the gland cells and squamous cells are malignant. Three percent have a clear cell carcinoma, and about one percent have a papillary carcinoma. Uterine sarcoma is another kind of uterine malignancy. From where it arises in the lining of the uterus, untreated endometria...
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