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Power morcellators implicated in spread of “LMS,” Leiomyosarcoma

Leiomyosarcoma (“LMS”) is an aggressive soft tissue sarcoma (cancer) derived from smooth muscle cells in the uterus. Women undergoing laparoscopic (small incision) hysterectomies using a power morcellator are at risk for the spread of LMS. The power morcellator is used to remove the uterus by cutting it into small pieces, risking the spread of unknown LMS tumors in the uterus to other parts of the abdomen.   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found significant increased risk of sarcoma cancer after use of the morcellator device during hysterectomy. Power morcellators were used in over 50,000 hysterectomies in a single year, risking the spread of any unknown cancer cells in the uterus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication notice announcing that the use of power morcellators for removal of the uterus creates the risk of spreading undetected cancerous tissue in women with previously unsuspected cancer. The largest manufacturer of the power morcellator device withdrew the surgical tool from the market in July 2014. The company issued a world-wide letter to return the devices.

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