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A 33-year-old female asked:

What causes an ovarian dermoid cyst to turn malignant?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Dumb luck: About 1% do it and this is a reason to have them removed beforehand.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What causes an ovarian dermoid cyst?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Embryonic cells: Ectodermal embryonic cells enclosed into the ovary at early formation "get activated" later in life producing dermoid cysts, that can contain hair and teeth when surgically removed and opened.
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Last updated Aug 25, 2016

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