Study: Fibroid recurrence more likely in young women

July 31, 2012 1:59:30 PM PDT
Young women who undergo a minimally invasive treatment for uterine fibroids are more likely to have a recurrence than older women.

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that form on the wall of the uterus.

One possible treatment is uterine artery embolization, in which doctors inject tiny particles into blood vessels leading to the uterus.

That cuts off the fibroids' blood supply, causing them to shrink.

A study reported in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that the failure rate was 18 percent over seven years.

Women aged 40 and younger were nearly six times more likely to have their symptoms return.