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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Ovarian Dermoid Cyst

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What causes an ovarian dermoid cyst?

What causes an ovarian dermoid cyst?

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. ...Read more

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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What causes ovarian dermoid cysts?

What causes ovarian dermoid cysts?

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. ...Read more

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Can a ovarian solid dermoid cyst cause pain under my armpit?

Can a ovarian solid dermoid cyst cause pain under my armpit?

NO, not likely: There is no connection between these two sites as they are so far apart from each other. ...Read more

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Can having an ovarian dermoid cyst cause bloating and constipation?

Can having an ovarian dermoid cyst cause bloating and constipation?

If it's very big: An ovarian dermoid cyst that is big (perhaps 10 cm or more) could cause constipation and bloating. Other types of ovarian tumors might be more likely to cause those symptoms. If those GI symptoms are significant, ovarian cancer might be something your doctor would want to rule out. Be sure you get followup. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian dermoid cyst press on your bladder and cause the sensation of needing to pee more often?

Can an ovarian dermoid cyst press on your bladder and cause the sensation of needing to pee more often?

Yes: Depending on the size of the dermoid cyst, it can compress other nearby structures, including the bladder and cause discomfort/pain. See your GYN for further management and treatment options Best WIshes Dr M ...Read more

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Is a ovarian dermoid cyst baby?

Is a ovarian dermoid cyst baby?

No: Dermoid is caused by stem cells which have been present in your body since you were an embryo. These stem cells grow and form a tumor. It is not a baby and never will be a baby. ...Read more

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Likelihood of a ovarian dermoid cyst returning?

Likelihood of a ovarian dermoid cyst returning?

Very low: These are benign; if they are taken out by the laparoscope there's a few percent chance of their needing to be taken again by laparoscope; if laparotomy is performed, recurrence would be very unlikely, though it's a bigger and more difficult procedure for the patient. ...Read more

Dermoid Cyst (Definition)

It is a cystic type of teratoma that may contain developed skin with hair follicles, hair and sweat glands, sometimes some sebum, blood, fat, bone, nails, ...Read more