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Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Reasons for this surgery may include, but are not restricted to, chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids, and uterine cancer. A hysterectomy may be performed through an abdominal or vaginal incision, or using a laparoscope.

Review Date: 5/21/2012
Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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