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Doctor insights on: Is An Ovarian Dermoid Cyst A Fetus

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Is a dermoid ovarian cyst a baby fetus of a failed pregnancy?

Is a dermoid ovarian cyst a baby fetus of
a failed pregnancy?

NO: A dermoid cyst is a particular type of ovarian tumor which has multiple tissue types, and it never was and never will be a baby. The different types of tissue are randomly organized but can sometimes form recognizable structures (hair and teeth are common) which may give the illusion that it could be something more. ...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 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

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Can I donate blood if I have an ovarian dermoid cyst?

Can I  donate blood if I have an ovarian dermoid cyst?

Yes: This cust should not affect your ability to donate blood. ...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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How is it that an ovarian dermoid cyst can just show up in my 30s? Had ultrasounds during a pregnancy a few years ago and it showed no cysts then.

How is it that an ovarian dermoid cyst can just show up in my 30s? Had ultrasounds during a pregnancy a few years ago and it showed no cysts then.

Cyst can come anytim: Dermoid may have been hidden by the pregnancy. Did the tech look at your ovaries or just the fetus. Get the reports to be sure. Dermoids can grow at any time, may have been missed because it was very small. ...Read more

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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