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Can a pelvic ultrasound miss an ovarian cyst?

Can a pelvic ultrasound miss an ovarian cyst?

Yes: Any abnormality can be missed by a diagnostic procedure, but and ultrasound missing a significant ovarian cyst is very rare.

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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I had a pelvic ultrasound which showed a blood filled ovarian cyst. How serious is this?

I had a pelvic ultrasound which showed a blood filled ovarian cyst. How serious is this?

Not very serious.: Hey blood-filled for hemorrhagic cyst is not uncommon. If it is not painful then it can be observed to see if it will resolve without treatment. If a hemorrhagic cyst causes pain or does not resolve and it may need to be removed surgically. Hope this helps.

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Pelvic ultrasound revealed 3.8 cm functional, septated ovarian cyst. Dr. said no follow up is needed. Should I be concerned?

Pelvic ultrasound revealed 3.8 cm functional, septated ovarian cyst. Dr. said no follow up is needed. Should I be concerned?

Probably not.: This finding is not concerning unless you have a family history of ovarian cancer or a genetic cancer syndrome like BRCA. If you are worried then request a repeat ultrasound in a few months to be sure that the system has resolved. Hope this helps.

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Would a pelvic ultrasound show when a dermoid ovarian cyst has ruptured? What would it show?

Would a pelvic ultrasound show when a dermoid ovarian cyst has ruptured? What would it show?

Rupture is serious: Dermoids can have hair and teeth in them, so are complex on U/S, . The black stuff in the picture is hair. They often grow slowly but rarely rupture. If so, it's like appendicitis and needs immediate surgery. U/S is a good screen for ovarian masses, but with a "surgical pelvis" CT is done. An early sign of impending rupture on U/S might be fluid in the pelvis, but this is not diagnostic.

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Can a doctor tell from a pelvic ultrasound if an ovarian cyst is cancerous or benign? Or do they all look alike and need further tests?

Can a doctor tell from a pelvic ultrasound if an ovarian cyst is cancerous or benign? Or do they all look alike and need further tests?

It depends: Certain features make it highly likely that a cystic lesion is benign (e.g. a small "simple cyst"), and others make it more likely to be malignant. There is significant overlap between benign and malignant features, so at times it is impossible to tell. Other times the appearance is so characteristic that benignity/malignancy can be predicted fairly reliably. Age and other findings also factor in

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How long does it take for ovarian cyst rupture to cure? Had pelvic ultrasound everything okay I have anxiety I keep thinking chronic appendix

How long does it take for ovarian cyst rupture to cure? Had pelvic ultrasound everything okay I have anxiety I keep thinking chronic appendix

Trust pelvic US: Every woman differs, but usually 6-8 weeks. You might want to temporarily ease off sexual activity until you are pain free. If pain worsens or fever, seek medical attention. Doubt it has connection to appendix even though pain is in same general area. Good luck, heal soon.

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How soon can a pelvic ultrasound tell if your preganant? Can a corpus lutem be a early sign of pregenacy? Can a ovarian cyst be a very early sign?

How soon can a pelvic ultrasound tell if your preganant? Can a corpus lutem be a early sign of pregenacy? Can a ovarian cyst be a very early sign?

4 weeks: Earlier ultrasound can show signs such as thickened endometrium but pregnancy cannot be confirmed until a gestational sac is seen. A yolk sac & embryo are more diagnostic but may not be seen until later. An HCG level of 1, 000 should correlate with a gest sac. A cl or ovarian cyst occur with ovulation so are not early signs of pregnancy. Take care.

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Hello, please explain what the finds of my recent transvaginal and pelvic ultrasound found. Right ovary 4.4 x2.9x1.1 CM simple cyst and on the left 5.5 x4.8x2.9 ovarian cyst prior ultrasound measurements were 6.9x5.8x6.5 which was smaller in size but also

Hello, please explain what the finds of my recent transvaginal and pelvic ultrasound found. Right ovary 4.4 x2.9x1.1 CM simple cyst and on the left 5.5 x4.8x2.9 ovarian cyst prior ultrasound measurements were 6.9x5.8x6.5 which was smaller in size but also

Depends: It is difficult to answer your question with certainty without knowing your clinical history, laboratory findings, and detail information of the ovarian cysts. Simple cyst may be monitored over time with us but more complex cysts may require specific management. When a cyst improves in size, it's usually is a good sign but accurate measurements are not always reproducible on us.

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Please tell me, could a pelvic ultrasound miss a cyst?

Please tell me, could a pelvic ultrasound miss a cyst?

What kind of cyst: If you mean ovarian cyst.Yes very small ovarian cysts can be missed on ultrasound exam.

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Is it possible to miss an ovarian cyst on a transvaginal ultrasound and find it on a CT scan?

Is it possible to miss an ovarian cyst on a transvaginal ultrasound and find it on a CT scan?

Possibly: No test is 100% perfect and anything can be missed on any diagnostic test especially if it is small. In general ultrasound is best for imaging the female reproductive organs and is much less expenxive than a ct or mri.

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Having left sided pelvic pain. Had ultrasound and have a right ovarian cyst but have no pain on right side, only left. Have spotting also?

Having left sided pelvic pain. Had ultrasound and have a right ovarian cyst but have no pain on right side, only left. Have spotting also?

See below: Without knowing a patients medical history, nor the ability to question and examine her, it's difficult to give advice as to possible causes, but the following may be helpful: for advice on spotting see: http://bit. Ly/1CnC9xV for causes of pelvic pain see: http://bit. Ly/1JvdCZM

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Can they miss ovarian cyst on ultrasound scan?

Can they miss ovarian cyst on ultrasound scan?

Not usually: Ovarian cysts and even small follicles are typically identified with ultrasound.

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Should I be worried my gyn bumped up my appointment after receiving my pelvic and transvag ultrasound results. I have History of ovarian cyst.?

Should I be worried my gyn bumped up my appointment after receiving my pelvic and transvag ultrasound results. I have History of ovarian cyst.?

No: Usually significant findings are communicated timely in order to delineate a plan as soon as possible. Sometimes a partner takes over, during unexpected leave, etc.

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Had pelvic pain last month ultrasound showed 2 left ovarian cysts had right sided abd pain 2 days ago showed 2 right ovarian cysts. Any suggestions?

Had pelvic pain last month ultrasound showed 2 left ovarian cysts had right sided abd pain 2 days ago showed 2 right ovarian cysts. Any suggestions?

This may be normal.: It is natural to form ovarian cysts every month. The cysts are where the eggs are being released from the ovary. If you become pregnant, this cyst supports early pregnancy. Sometimes, these cysts can get large and burst, causing pain. This can be prevented with some form of birth control. Work with your doctor to determine the right choice of management/prevention for you.

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Can small ovarian cysts go undetected in an external ultrasound and pelvic exam?

Can small ovarian cysts go undetected in an external ultrasound and pelvic exam?

Maybe: Small ovarian cysts may not be detected but usually are not clinically significant. Usually can detect ovarian cysts of 3-4 mm in diameter with good diagnostic ultrasound.

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Gynae performed transvaginal pelvic ultrasound scan since sep'11-mar but in no'12 I was operated for 2 choc cysts & fibroid. How could she miss these?

Gynae performed transvaginal pelvic ultrasound scan since sep'11-mar but in no'12 I was operated for 2 choc cysts & fibroid. How could she miss these?

Not perfect: It depends on the size of the cysts. You were having pain, ultrasound did nor reveal a problem, then got laparoscopy and saw the problem. Doctors nor ultrasounds are perfect. I would get on the pill for the endometriosis. There are times when being on the pill increases ovulation when you get off; just 2 or three months can make a difference.

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Abd/pelvic pain once a month lasting 4 days for about a year. Had CT and ultrasound each time showed ovarian cysts. Can't take birth control, suggestions?

Abd/pelvic pain once a month lasting 4 days for about a year. Had CT and ultrasound each time showed ovarian cysts. Can't take birth control, suggestions?

I suggest: See a live doctor for an exam and an evaluation, not possible to give a worthwhile diagnosis online. Chances are excellent you can be helped.

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I missed my period for 2wks I did an ultra sound and saw a 7cm by 4 right ovarian cyst. I am on provera (medroxyprogesterone) for 10 days. I have bn tryn to hav a baby for 3years but can't please what do I do. Help me pls?

I missed my period for 2wks I did an ultra sound and saw a 7cm by 4 right ovarian cyst. I am on provera (medroxyprogesterone) for 10 days. I have bn tryn to hav a baby for 3years but can't please what do I do. Help me pls?

Infertility expert: There are doctors who specialize in just these problems. You and your sexual partner should be seen by one and fully evaluated. There are numerous possibilities and options fro correction. Go soon and have a great baby.

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Pelvic Ultrasound (Definition)

This is an ultrasound test to examine the organs of the pelvis, typically using either a trans-abdominal or trans-vaginal approach, depending on what is suspected, such as ovarian ...Read more