UTERUS - Leiomyomata

The body of the uterus is distorted and enlarged by fibrous tumours measuring up to 5 cm. in diameter. Several 'fibroids' of much smaller size are also present. The whorled appearance of the cut surface of these tumours is characteristic; although they are commonly called fibromyomata, they are more properly referred to as leiomyomata, pointing to their origin from smooth muscle. In the centre of the specimen, the endometrial canal can be seen distorted by one of the larger 'fibroids'.