What is fibroma?
Fibroma is a non-cancerous tumour-like growth composed of fibrous or connective tissues. These tumour-like fibroids tend to develop when the independent cell or tissue grows as a result of injury or local irritation.
Although the appearance of the fibroid can be alarming, fibromas are most often considered a nuisance rather than a threat to one’s health. These fibroids can form anywhere in the body and generally do not require treatment or removal. They can occur in people of any age and gender but they are most often seen in adults.
Types of Fibroids
These fibroids are small papules across the nose and cheeks that contain fibrous tissue. Commonly, angiofibroma manifests skin-coloured to erythematous dome-shaped papules on the face. When it presents as multiple facial lesions, it can be associated with tuberous sclerosis or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1.
This type of fibroma is a benign round skin lesion that commonly grows on the legs. They appear in the colour range of flesh to red-purple and are like hard lumps under the skin. Dermatofibromas are rarely malignant and harmless, hence, they are best left alone.
These fibromas often appear inside the cheeks, on the sides of the tongue, or the lips and are usually less than one centimetre in diameter. They mostly appear to be pink or white and are typically smooth and raised. Oral fibroma is a type of mouth sore that consists of localized connective tissue that becomes irritated and inflamed.
This fibroma typically occurs in the arch of the foot, especially in children. A plantar fibroma is a nodule or fibrous knot found in the band of tissue that supports muscle and extends along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. These fibroids are typically benign or non-malignant.
These fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Also called leiomyomas or myomas, uterine fibroids are not associated with increased risks of uterine cancer and seldom develop into cancers or tumours.
These type of fibroids are benign growths inside (submucosal) and outside (subserosal) the wall of the uterus. These fibroids are attached to the uterine wall by a stalk-like growth called a peduncle. The main difference between pedunculated fibroids and other fibroids is the peduncle.