|General Gross Description|
Muscular wall varying in thickness dependent on patient's age and gravidity
Tan, firm and rubbery
|General Microscopic Description|
Composed of smooth muscle cells in interweaving fascicles.
Collagen and elastin are also present but most prominent in the cervix which has a much less muscular
In labor the myometrium contracts to passively dilate the cervix which has had collagen and
elastin digestion by collagenase and elastase.
Cotran RS, Kumar V, Robbins SL: Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease. 5th ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1994, pp. 1034-1035.
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|Synopsis by: Melinda Sanders M.D. (T85000M00100)