Calcifications of the Cervix

Last Modified: December 18, 2005

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Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

I had a vaginal ultrasound for heavy bleeding and they found calcifications on my cervix. What are these and what should I expect? Thank you.

Answer

Christina S. Chu, MD, Assistant Professor of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds:

Most causes of calcifications of the cervix are benign in nature. They may be a result of prior injury to the cervix, such as from normal labor and delivery, dilatation and curettage (D&C) procedures, cervical biopsies, abortion, infection, etc. In other cases, various salts may crystallize in the tissue and cause this appearance on ultrasound, as may old resolving blood in the tissue. Very rarely, calcifications in the cervix may be a sign of cancer . Given your history of heavy bleeding, you may want to discuss the results with your doctor and see if any additional tests are indicated.