A 29-year-old female asked:
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What causes ovarian dermoid cysts?

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Dr. Lisa Keller
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not known!: Hello, we don't know why ovaries make their cysts. Seems that they are a very active organ, what with making eggs and hormones, and sometimes the egg-making cells just overgrow and become a dermoid cyst, complete with hair, skin, and other cells that the 'germ cell' (egg producing cell) has in it's potential. Wierd, huh! they are benign, but don't go away without surgery, and can be recurrent.
Answered on Sep 18, 2019
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dumb luck: About 1% do it and this is a reason to have them removed beforehand.
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Dr. Sewa Legha
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NO, not likely: There is no connection between these two sites as they are so far apart from each other.
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Dr. Robert Jackson
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Cocould be: It depends on how large it is.
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