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A recent scan shows I have ovarian cyst and fibroid tumors. Can one surgical procedure take care of the cyst and fibroid tumors?

A recent scan shows I have ovarian cyst and fibroid tumors. Can one surgical procedure take care of the cyst and fibroid tumors?

Yes: A laparoscopic procedure could likely take care of both procedures, depending on size and location of fibroid, in addition to skill of surgeon. Otherwise, they could also make a cut in the abdomen, like for a cesarean, and remove both as well that way. Again, all of this depends on the size and location of the cyst and fibroid. If the fibroid is in uterine lining, then a hysteroscopy better. ...Read more

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Pet Scan (Definition)

Pet scans most often use a radioactive form of glucose, the energy source for most of the cells in our bodies. The pet scanner can detect and measure how much of the radioactive glucose analog, f-18 fdg, is in a particular organ or region. The areas using more glucose are hyper metabolic and generally more worrisome. Our brains and sometimes hearts prefer glucose as food, making ...Read more


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My c.a.t scan shows I have an ovarian cyst and gallstones. Which issue should I take care of first? Do I have to remove my gallbladder?

My c.a.t scan shows I have an ovarian cyst and gallstones. Which issue should I take care of first? Do I have to remove my gallbladder?

Not necessarily: The ovarian cyst should resolve on it's own, and is not likely to need intervention. The gallstones and gallbladder only need removed if they are causing symptoms, and inflammation of the gallbladder. Many people are walking around with gallstones, and don't know it. ...Read more

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My tvs scan shows both ovarian cyst also size of ovary larger. Have no kids.4 yrz of marriage. Can I tak danazole or laproscope best for fertility n cys?

My tvs scan shows both ovarian cyst also size of ovary larger. Have no kids.4 yrz of marriage. Can I tak danazole or laproscope best for fertility n cys?

Neither: Your doctor may chose to treat or just watch the cyst (s) depending on their size and appearance. Danazol is used to treat the pain of endometriosis, not infertility. It is neither safe nor effective for fertility treatment. Laparoscopy is surgery and should not be the first treatment for infertility, unless the doctor wishes to treat the cyst. ...Read more

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Will an ovarian cyst always show up on a CT scan?

Will an ovarian cyst always show up on a CT scan?

See answer: Ultrasound or possibly MRI usually are used for evaluating specific ovarian pathology although ct can identify lesions of the ovary. ...Read more

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Why would ovarian cysts not show on ct scan when it showed on U/S the day before?

Why would ovarian cysts not show on ct scan when it showed on U/S the day before?

It depends: On how the CT was performed. And how big the cysts are. Transvaginal ultrasound has superior resolution to routine CT, so small cysts visible on US may be difficult or impossible to see on CT, particularly if the CT was performed without IV contrast. ...Read more

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Would an ovarian cyst show up on a pelvic CT scan?

See answer: While ct can certainly identify an ovarian cyst, usually endovaginal us is better suited for this purpose. ...Read more

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19 weeks pregnant, my 13 weeks scan shows have simple ovarian cyst - size of 30mm. But my dr didn't say anything about it. Should that be concerned?

19 weeks pregnant, my 13 weeks scan shows have simple ovarian cyst - size of 30mm. But my dr didn't say anything about it. Should that be concerned?

No: Most early ovarian cyst found on ultrasound are physiologic cyst. Most likely a corpus luteum cyst. Hormones secreted by the corpus luteum maintains the pregnancy early in pregnancy. This cyst usually resolve. However if the cyst bleeds, ruptures or there is a tortion (twisting) of the pedicle, this may cause pain. If concerned ultrasound my be repeated in 6 weeks. Don't worry, be happy. ...Read more

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Will an ovarian cyst show up on an abdominal cat scan?

Will an ovarian cyst show up on an abdominal cat scan?

Maybe: The ovaries are in the pelvis and an abdominal ct frequently will not pick up the ovaries. If there is suspicion of a problem with the ovaries in particular, the best imaging of the ovaries is with a transvaginal ultrasound. ...Read more

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Do I need to be concerned if my pet/ct shows fdg uptakes in billateral ovarian cysts if I have amenorrhea (no period last 6mo, normal before then)? Thx

Do I need to be concerned if my pet/ct shows fdg uptakes in billateral ovarian cysts if I have amenorrhea (no period last 6mo, normal before then)? Thx

Can be normal: Increased ovarian FDG uptake in postmenopausal patients is associated with malignancy, whereas increased ovarian uptake may be functional in premenopausal patients. Did not mention reason for pet/ct. ...Read more

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Could s simple 2 cm ovarian cyst on ultrasound that shows up as small enhancing cyst on ct scan be malignant in a premenopausal woman? No change in yr

Could s simple 2 cm ovarian cyst on ultrasound that shows up as small enhancing cyst on ct scan be malignant in a premenopausal woman? No change in yr

Low chance: If the cyst is described as simple then there is only fluid inside. So no other growths inside the cyst. Simple cysts are almost always benign. The fact that it hasn't changed in a year is also a good sign. Overall, very low chance of being malignant. Ask your doctor to monitor it every year. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan for coccyx pain but show left sided ovarian cyst and smaller right sided. Will I need treatment?

I had a CT scan for coccyx pain but show left sided ovarian cyst and smaller right sided. Will I need treatment?

Depends: On the size of the cysts. Most cysts resolve on their own, but cysts over 3 cm may require intervention. See a GYN doctor to discuss options. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My 15 yr old daughter's CT scan & ultrasound shows a right complex ovarian cyst, septated 6cm. 1st appt Monday seeing Gyn Dr. What is usually done?

To OR to rule out ca: Unfortunately, the only reliable way to tell if her ovarian tumor is benign or malignant is through exploratory surgery, preferably performed by an experienced gyn oncologist who will be prepared to remove the least if the intraoperative findings are benign and who can adequately "stage" her if a cancer is discovered. Seek a consultation and the care from such a gyn ontologic surgeon and team. ...Read more

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Could a tube pregnancy show up on a CT scan as a ovarian cyst? Preg test faint + but I also had heavy bleeding could that also be a miscarriage?

CT of pelvis: CT scans of the pelvis are less accurate than ultrasounds. In addition a CT shouldn't be done with a positive pregnancy test unless a true emergency like appendiciitis. So, yes a cystic lesion on CT could be an ectopic. See your OB doc as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Do all ovarian cysts show up on ultrasound?

Do all ovarian cysts show up on ultrasound?

Depends: Ultrasound is very sensitive to proper preparation for the test...A full bladder and no gas is important to see the ovaries adequately. If the ovaries are well seen then cysts on/in the ovaries are well seen...Need to know how well the technician felt they saw things during the test. ...Read more

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What does ultrasound for an ovarian cyst show?

What does ultrasound for an ovarian cyst show?

See below: The ultrasound can differentiate an ovary with fluid (cyst) vs solid (possible tumor). ...Read more

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Why would a simple small ovarian cyst show growth on ultrasound?

More fluid: Cysts can change size overtime due to production of more fluid. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an ovarian cyst and it not show up on ultrasound?

Is it possible to have an ovarian cyst and it not show up on ultrasound?

Cysts are of varying: It depends on the size of the ovarian cyst. If the cyst is small (<2-3cm), it may not show up. But anything large enough would show up on an ultrasound, provided the procedure is done by an experienced operator and the cyst is of significant size (>3-4cm). ...Read more

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I am 54 years old with a painful ovarian cyst for 4 years now. Ultrasounds show it is simple. Does it need to be removed? I am not menopausal yet.

Maybe: You do not mention how large or small it is. A large simple cyst can be painful just as a small one. If it does not respond to treatment and it is still painful, there may not be that many options left other than take it out. ...Read more

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Hello doctor. I have USG which shows anechoic areas of sizes 2.19 *2.47cm, 2.67 *2.47cm and 2.90 *1.97cm in left adenexa. Is it a ovarian cyst???

Hello doctor. I have USG which shows anechoic areas of sizes 2.19 *2.47cm, 2.67 *2.47cm and 2.90 *1.97cm in left adenexa. Is it a ovarian cyst???

Yes: A common occurrence in young women. Number & size of cysts can vary with each cycle. Repeat ultrasound in 6 to 8 weeks to ensure there is no abnormal enlargement. If you have significant discomfort consult your Gyn. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Before undergoing my ovarian cyst removal operation doctors are asking to take contrast scan. Please can you tell me why & how that scan be taken?

Before undergoing my ovarian cyst removal operation doctors are asking to take contrast scan. Please can you tell me why & how that scan be taken?

CT scan: If a cyst is not a simple cyst, sometimes docs will do a ct scan of the pelvis to try to determine ahead of time the nature of the problem. Ovarian cancer is highly unusual in a girl your age, but borderline tumors can occur and having a gyn oncologist available can be important. ...Read more

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Can an small abnormal ovarian cyst cause a false positive ovulation test? First day of positive OPK. Regular 28day cycle. Chart shows ovulation as wel

Probably: Depends on what the definition of "small abnormal cyst" is? But any follicle that's functional can trigger an lh surge to start the ovulation process. The other possibility if you were scanned at a particular cycle day, is that you ovulated before the scan even as close as minutes before the scan and the early corpus luteum could be missed leaving only the "small cyst" to be seen on ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect an ovarian cyst?

Can a CT scan detect an ovarian cyst?

Yes: Yes, if it is large enough. Ct will usually detect ovarian cysts 10mm or larger, but an ultrasound is a better way to evaluate the ovaries and does not utilize radiation. ...Read more

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The inside of the ovarian cyst lining shows focal ereas of hemorrhage what does that mean?

The inside of the ovarian cyst lining shows focal ereas of hemorrhage what does that mean?

Not too much: The lining of the cyst showed some area of bleeding;
it could have been before the surgery if it ruptured it would show some small area of bleeding. Focal would imply small points as opposed to massive area of hemorrhage or bleeding. ...Read more

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The ultrasound results show that I have fibroid and ovarian cyst. How common is this problem?

Very common.: Probably at least 50% of women have fibroids by age 50, and most women have had an ovarian cyst at one time or another. ...Read more

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Can cysts cause more difficulty to conceiving if I have those in both ovaries? Usg shows 5mm ovarian cysts (<5), no pain, regular cycles.

Cysts of this size: Are likely normal - called follicles, due to eggs in the ovary becoming ready to be released.

These should not effect the ability to become pregnant. ...Read more

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Same ovarian cyst for a year, discomfort sometimes. Ultrasound shows the same size but always there also endometrial thickening. Should I be concerned?

Same ovarian cyst for a year, discomfort sometimes. Ultrasound shows the same size but always there also endometrial thickening. Should I be concerned?

Probably ok: Small cyst are not uncommon and can cause pain. The thickening of the uterus can be related to your cycle (it varies throughout the month) at the time of the scan. If your cyst is stable in size over the last year and the pain is tolerable, probably not much to do about it. Just watch it. ...Read more

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My abortion was on 3 nov2014and had normal m c on3 dec2014 and started heavy bleeding on18 dec usg shows left ovarian cyst 3.3mm and due for next mc?

My abortion was on 3 nov2014and had normal m c on3 dec2014 and started heavy bleeding on18 dec usg shows left ovarian cyst 3.3mm and due for next mc?

Ovarian cyst: Unless you have begun a contraceptive, it is impossible to know when your next cycle will occur. Usually the follicle ovulates when it is 22mm. You are having an annovulatory cycle. ...Read more

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Would an ovarian cyst show up on a CT or do you need to have an ultrasound?

Would an ovarian cyst show up on a CT or do you need to have an ultrasound?

It would show up if: An ovarian cyst would show up on a ct scan as long as you had a scan of your abdomen and pelvis, and the cyst was large. Very small cysts would not be obvious on ct. Ultrasound is generally considered a better imaging modality for ovarian cysts, because it exposes the patient to less radiation and is a cheaper test. ...Read more

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Ovarian cyst & retroperitoneal adenopathy on CT scan. What is survival time?

Ovarian cyst & retroperitoneal adenopathy on CT scan. What is survival time?

Depends: Survival time will depend upon what the diagnosis is. The ovarian cyst and the enlarged lymph nodes may be unrelated to each other. You need further evaluation and biopsy of the enlarged lymph nodes if appropriate. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cyst on left side 3.8 on cat scan. I had a pap yesterday now that side hurts worse is this normal?

Likely unrelated: Sorry you are in pain. Paps usually cause short term cramping. You may have a follicle (cysts that form every month on the ovary) that ruptured, which can be painful. If the pain does not improve in a day or two, contact your gynecologist. ...Read more

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3.2x2.8cm complex ovarian cyst didn't show on us but did on MRI 1wk later. Does this mean it grew that fast between the tests? Terrified of cancer!

3.2x2.8cm complex ovarian cyst didn't show on us but did on MRI 1wk later. Does this mean it grew that fast between the tests? Terrified of cancer!

No: Could be that ovary was behind another structure or you ovulated a corpus luteum showed up on the mri. Wait 2-3 cycle and have us repeated during your period to asses your cyst. ...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


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more