Different approaches to diagnosing uterine cancer
Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 2:01 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 4:46 pm
Uterine cancer, or the formation and development of cancer tumors along the uterus, has recently been associated with the use of power morcellators. Power morcellators are devices used to manually break up pieces of uterine growths before vacuuming them out of the body. In some instances, previously undetected cancerous tissues are also morcellated and left in the uterus, increasing their growth and spread.
To diagnose uterine cancer, doctors may recommend one or more of these tests:
- Pelvic exam – Doctors may manually check the vagina and cervix for any abnormalities by inserting a speculum into the vagina
- Imaging tests – Transvaginal ultrasounds and hysteroscopy, or the examination of the inside of the uterus and the endometrium using a thin, flexible tube called the hysteroscope, may all help detect uterine cancer
- Endometrial biopsy – A sample of the endometrial tissue is obtained for analysis
- Dilation and curettage – Used to obtain greater volume of uterine tissue for evaluation. Used when the tissue obtained from the endometrial biopsy is not enough for analysis
If you believe a diagnosis of uterine cancer has been the result of using a power morcellator, seek the legal assistance and guidance of our team of personal injury attorneys at Williams Hart to learn more about your eligibility in filing a legal claim. Call us at (713) 352-7071 for a free assessment of your case.