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Gynecology

Thickened uterus

09/29/2009

Question:

I am 56 yrs old my last period was when i was 43. I started to have bleeding again about 3 weeks ago. I went to my doctor and she sugggested bisopy, but unfortunatly was unable to do the procedure due to a thickened uterus. She suggested getting the biopsy by surgery. Could I be looking at cancer? I am worried.

Answer:

Any woman with postmenopausal bleeding is considered at risk for endometrial cancer and should be evaluated. Although the large majority of women with postmenopausal bleeding don't have cancer, you can only tell with either a biopsy or ultrasound. If your doctor was unsuccessful in obtaining a biopsy, you could have an ultrasound to determine the thickness of the lining of the uterus. If it is thick, then it needs to be biopsied, which may mean surgery in your case.

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Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated