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A 46-year-old female asked:

Ultrasound for enlarged uterus: uterus normal size but both ovaries are enlarged with multiple nonspecific cysts. what does nonspecific mean?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
"Nonspecific": means that, based on the ultrasound, there is no specific cause that can be attributed to the cysts. There are a number of potential causes for ovarian cysts, there is nothing about their ultrasound appearance that enables the radiologist to make a a definite diagnosis as to what is causing them.
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Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Thanks Dr. G for clarifying and giving depth to my answer. As usual, you are spot on. Also, neat graphic.
May 23, 2017
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Unknown significance: "Nonspecific" is a fancy way to say we (radiologists) can't come up with a firm diagnosis based on that one study. Often your primary doctor can make your case more clear to you. For most findings that are likely to be really serious, a specific list of possibilites are put in the report. Without such a "differential diagnosis" it MAY imply less importance. Ask your regular doctor.
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Last updated May 25, 2017

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