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Doctor insights on: Ovarian Cyst After Ectopic Pregnancy

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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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Ovarian cyst pregnancy always results to ectopic pregnancy?

Ovarian cyst pregnancy always results to ectopic pregnancy?

No: In all normal pregnancies there is a cyst that develops in one ovary called the corpus luteum cyst. This cyst supports the early pregnancy and goes away on its own. Sometimes a "cyst" seen in or near the ovary does represent an ectopic pregnancy (most often in the fallopian tube". This is often accompanied by pain and bleeding.

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How often does ovarian cyst get mistaken for ectopic pregnancy?

How often does ovarian cyst get mistaken for ectopic pregnancy?

Never by expert: Each has its own distinct features by sonography, trained expert will not get mistaken, besides location.

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How can you tell the difference between an ovarian cyst and ectopic pregnancy?

A pregnancy test: The pain associated with an ovarian cyst can be indistinguishable from an ectopic (or tubal)pregnancy. A negative pregnancy test however, effectively rules out an ectopic pregancy. If the pregancy test is positive, an ultrasound is needed to be certain that the developing baby is located inside the uterus and not in the fallopian tube (which connects the ovaries to the uterus).

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Can an ectopic pregnancy rupture and after the rupture be mistaken for an ovarian cyst?

Can an ectopic pregnancy rupture and after the rupture be mistaken for an ovarian cyst?

Not usually: Because a period will have been missed and it is incredibly more painful and it bleeds.

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How can an ectopic pregnancy and ovarian cyst affect a home pregnancy test?

How can an ectopic pregnancy and ovarian cyst affect a home pregnancy test?

Does not.: A home urine pregnancy test is not affected by ovarian cysts nor location of implantation of the gestational sac. It will show just as positive in ectopics and in normal pregnancies. Serial blood HCG levels and transvaginal sonography are the cornerstones or ectopic diagnosis.

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4 weeks pregnant. How can I tell if I have an ovarian cyst or ectopic pregnancy?

See your Doctor: It may be too early to tell, an ultrasound is the best way. See your doctor if you have pain or bleeding.

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How can an ectopic pregnancy and ovarian cyst affect an at home pregnancy test?

Still positive: An ectopic pregnancy still produces the human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone, so the pregnancy test will still be positive. If you are concerned about an ectopic pregnancy you need to see your gyn asap - to be treated and try to avoid having it rupture.

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If I have an ectopic pregnancy and it ruptures and causes internal bleeding can I lie and say it was a big ovarian cyst?

If I have an ectopic pregnancy and it ruptures and causes internal bleeding can I lie and say it was a big ovarian cyst?

Lying: To your physician? One should never, ever lie about their medical history to the professionals caring for them. How you live your life otherwise is between you and your maker.

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Could it be possible for a ruptured ectopic pregnancy to be mistaken for a ruptured large ovarian cyst?

Could it be possible for a ruptured ectopic pregnancy to be mistaken for a ruptured large ovarian cyst?

Anatomy: No. Ruptured Fallopian tubes is a deadly problem. If you are not in the emergency room trying to save your life because an ectopic pregnancy has ruptured it is very unlikely you have an ectopic rupture. The fallopian tubes are not the ovaries. An ovarian cyst would be seen in the ovary not in the fallopian tubes.

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What's the difference between the symptoms of ovarian cysts and an ectopic pregnancy? Can I tell the difference based on symptoms?

What's the difference between the symptoms of ovarian cysts and an ectopic pregnancy? Can I tell the difference based on symptoms?

Rarely even for MD's: Differentiating between ovarian cyst pain and ectopic pregnancy is difficult for the laymen/patient. Even trained GYN MD's have to have an "index of suspicion" to look for ectopic pregnancies. The biggest clue for you is a missed or abnormal period (lighter than normal) and intermittent pain. The urine PG test may even be negative. See a MD and obtain an ultrasound & blood PG test when that occurs

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I'm 4 wks +1d pregnant. I've a slight pain near my navel and a history of ovarian cysts. Could I feel an ectopic pregnancy yet or is it probably gas?

I'm 4 wks +1d pregnant. I've a slight pain near my navel and a history of ovarian cysts. Could I feel an ectopic pregnancy yet or is it probably gas?

Pregnancy pain: Yes you could possibly feel an ectopic pregnancy at this point in pregnancy however it is doubtful you would have pain near your naval. Pain at this stage would be down in your pelvis and low abdomen. If you do have severe pain and bleeding or just severe pain I would seek medical attention.

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I had an ectopic pregnancy last year and this year have a small cyst on my ovary I was wondering do ovarian cyst give negative pregnancy test results because I have missed my period for almost two months now but the home pregnancy test are negative so wha

I had an ectopic pregnancy last year and this year have a small cyst on my ovary I was wondering do ovarian cyst give negative pregnancy test results because I have missed my period for almost two months now but the home pregnancy test are negative so wha

Not related: The presence of an ovarian cyst will not cause you a false neagtive test. Many women have ovarian cyst that can be seen monthly and are related to their cycle. There are other conditions that can cause irregularity of cycle and be associated w ovarian cyst - such as a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome. Schedule appoint with your doctor for evaluation.

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What are symptoms of ovarian cysts and ectopic pregnancy? I have nausea pain on left pelvic area and pressure and tightness. Have to unbotton jeans

Pregnancy test: Unilateral pelvic pain can be caused by a number of things. The first thing you should do is a pregnancy test. If it the test says you are not pregnant, then you can't have an ectopic. If you are, then it is important that you be evaluated immediately with an ultrasound, as ectopics can cause life threatening rupture. Ovarian cysts can be painful, but they are not usually serious.

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Does having an ovarian cyst increase chance of ectopic / normal pregnancy?

No: For the most part having ovarian cysts doesn't increase risk of ectopic pregnancy. The only situation that I can think of where it would is if a woman had endometriosis as a cause of the cyst. Endometriosis can cause scarring and increase risk of ectopic pregnancy that way. But usually a functional cyst will not increase risk of ectopic.

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If I have an ovarian cyst and has missed my period for almost two months but have negative pregnancy test what should I do. I also had an ectopic?

If I have an ovarian cyst and has missed my period for almost two months but have negative pregnancy test what should I do. I also had an ectopic?

Infertility=complex: Infertility is multi-facted. If your question is, "why aren't I pregnant? " then there could be a myriad of answers to that. I suggest you see a physician. Ovarian cysts alone do not cause infertility. They can be a part of pcos, however, and that can be a cause of infertility. See a physician and get evaluated if pregnancy is what you desire.

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Is a ectopic pregnancy often mistaken for a cyst?

Hopefully not!: An ectopic pregnancy is suspected in the following setting: 1. A patient is pregnant 2. Hcg levels are rising abnormally 3. Pain is present on one side of the other 4. There is findings on ultrasound of a "mass" or cystic area near one of the ovaries it would be easy to mistake an ectopic for an ovarian cyst if an ob/gyn was not considering an ectopic as a possibility!

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Could a benign cyst in my fallopian tube have caused my ectopic pregnancy?

Could a benign cyst in my fallopian tube have caused my ectopic pregnancy?

Not likely: Fallopian tube cysts called hydatid cysts of morgagni actually occur at the end and outside of the tube. They usually have a thin stalk with a bleb of fluid surrounded by a thin cyst wall. There are little finger like projections in the tube that move the egg along. The most common known cause of ectopics outside of spontaneous ones (no cause) is exposure to chlamydia.

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