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How To Tell If You Have An Ovarian Cyst
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
Ovarian cyst: A cyst (follicle) ruptures each month as you ovulate. Sometimes, the follicle (cyst) that contains the egg that you should ovulate grows bigger and the egg inside stops developing. The cyst nay rupture and cause pain or discomfort. If not, you may miss your cycle. A pelvic sonogram can show the cyst you feel. ...Read more
Ultrasound: Ob/Gyn doctors can perform a non-invasive test called an ultrasound which uses high frequency sound waves to get a picture of what is going on inside the body, including detecting cysts. ...Read more
Pain: Pain is the most common presentation. But in many cases it may be a ultrasonogram finding, having gone silent for years. ...Read more
Difficult: To tell sometimes, because appendicitis symptoms are varied. Usually, nausea and vomiting precedes pain in appendicitis, whereas if it is pain of musculoskeletal origin, it is the other way around. The only way to know for certain is with a ct scan, . And even they can't tell. You should go to er if you have right lower quadrant abd pain with nausea and vomiting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell from an ultrasound if an ovarian cyst is benign? I have cysts and my doctor doesn't want to do surgery, can she be sure it's not cancer?
Depending: on the presence or absence of certain sonographic features, a cyst might be able to be characterized as benign with a high degree of confidence, or on the other hand, might be characterized as suspicious for malignancy. Or it might be indeterminate. Management also depends on your age and clinical history. A cyst in a young woman is almost always benign. ...Read more
Chances remote: All women have cysts on their ovarys as they produce eggs. The overwhelming majority regress spontaneously. If one does not on serial ultrasounds, an aspiration(sucking out some of the fluid in the cyst) can be done under ultrasound or ct guidance/. ...Read more
Pain evolution.: The pain from a ruptured cyst gets better spontaneously over several hours. This is different than, for example, an ovarian torsion or a ruptured appendix, where the pain would get worse. Definitely have your healthcare provider on board to monitor your signs/symptoms to avoid missing those more emergent conditions. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Depends. : Usually >5 or 6 cm for a few mos. Smaller if symptomatic. ...Read more
10 cm: As a general rule of thumb, less than 5 cm is usually normal, between 5 and 10 cm can possibly be observed, but greater than 10 cm should be removed. There are however and lot of other considerations that affect that decision. ...Read more
Time: Every time you ovulate, that is a "ruptured ovarian cyst" and it is usually not painful. The only way to confirm a ruptured cyst is to look surgically (which is not usually practical). It can be suspected based on cycle timing and "free fluid" seen on pelvic ultrasound. Pain from a ruptured cyst wold resolve on its own within a few days of a week, especially with NSAID use. ...Read more
On exam or US: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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