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"Fibroids are very common. We think they occur in 5% to 20% of all women, but most women are asymptomatic and don't even know they have them," study co-author Dr. Molly Stout, of Washington University in St. Louis, said in a news release.
She and her colleagues analyzed data from 64,047 women and found that 3.2% (2,058) of them had fibroids -- muscular tumors in the wall of the uterus that are usually benign. The incidence of stillbirth among those with fibroids was 1.6%, compared to 0.7% for women without fibroids.
"Our results showed that women with a combination of fibroids and fetal growth restriction were at two-and-a-half times the risk of having a stillbirth, though the absolute risk remained rare," study co-author Dr. Alison G. Cahill said in the news release. "This may lead to a future recommendation for serial growth scans to monitor fetal growth in women with fibroids."
The study was to be presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Chicago.
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