Understanding the role of morcellators in leiomyosarcoma
Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 8:25 am by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 5:01 pm
Leiomyosarcoma is a type of cancer that forms from smooth muscle cells in the soft tissues, usually in the gastrointestinal tract or the uterus. When these cells develop in the muscular part of the uterus, it is referred to as uterine leiomyosarcoma. This type of cancer is most common in women who range in age from 40 to 60.
One thing that has been identified as a danger to women who are at risk of developing this cancer is the power morcellator. This tool uses a rotating blade to break up large portions of fibroid tissues into smaller fragments and then vacuum them away from the body. When morcellators are used on fibroids that contain cancer cells, the act of breaking them up can release those cells and allow them to scatter throughout the body. This often leads malignant cells to grow much more rapidly than they would have otherwise, expediting the growth of metastatic leiomyosarcoma in the body.
If you were diagnosed with uterine or metastatic leiomyosarcoma after a procedure involving a power morcellator, please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Williams Hart. We want to fight for you and your rights so that you can focus on your recovery. Call us now at (713) 352-7071 to learn more.