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Doctor insights on: Ovarian Teratoma Tumor

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Are teratoma tumors genetic?

Are teratoma tumors genetic?

Some are: Teratomas arise from cells that can differentiate in to a host of tissue types and can be associated with chromosomal (genetic) abnormalities or with inherited syndromes. However, vast majority are sporadic and will not be passed on to the kids. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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If I have ovarian teratoma pregnant is it possible for my daughter to be born with same tumor but more dominant meaning cancer?

If I have ovarian teratoma pregnant is it possible for my daughter to be born with same tumor but more dominant meaning cancer?

No: You baby will not be affected by the tumor directly, however the presence of an ovarian mass can complicate pregnancy and delivery. Please consult with your OB at the earliest to ensure your and your baby's safety. ...Read more

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I had a teratoma on my ovary. Tumor, ovary and fallopian tube removed. How often should I have my other ovary checked via mri, etc?

I had a teratoma on my ovary. Tumor, ovary and fallopian tube removed. How often should I have my other ovary checked via mri, etc?

Seek Gynecologist's: The advice of your gynecologist should be followed as I am sure he/she has informed you about the future care. Ovaries can be checked by pelvic examination(done by gynecologist) and when in doubt, with an imaging test such as ultrasound. Only if there is a suspected change or growth should more advanced testing(either ct scan or mri) of the abdomen/pelvis be done. ...Read more

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What causes an ovarian teratoma?

What causes an ovarian  teratoma?

Unknown: Tearatomas arise from multipotential germ cells. What causes them is unknown. They can contain any type of body structure or organ. One old theory was that they were an undiagnosed twin within the baby that was born. The cystic fluid is skin oil from skin appendages, which are common. ...Read more

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Are very small ovarian teratomas in teens usually benign or cancerous?

Are very small ovarian teratomas in teens usually benign or cancerous?

Mostly benign: Most dermis cyst are bening that been said due to there high content of fat they make ovaries prone to torsion. Close follow up should be taken. ...Read more

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After a laparotomy for an ovarian teratoma removal on one side, could a new one grow on the other side a few year later?

After a laparotomy for an ovarian teratoma removal on one side, could a new one grow on the other side a few year later?

Yes: This type of benign tumor is often bilateral, meaning it often appears on both ovaries. Most likely the teratoma was there already previously but was too small to be detected either by ultrasound or on visualization of the ovaries at time of the surgery. ...Read more

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What is a reoccurring ovarian dermoid cyst (teratoma) like?

What is a reoccurring ovarian dermoid cyst (teratoma) like?

Can vary: A recurrent ovarian dermoid cyst implies that you have had one removed in the past. Because of their contain hair, teeth and other structures, they don't usually go away like other benign cysts can. They can twist and cause severe pelvic pain. They can get quite large and put pressure on surrounding organs. If you are symptomatic, you should see your PCP or a gynecologist or surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do about reoccurring ovarian dermoid cyst (teratoma)?

What to do about reoccurring ovarian dermoid cyst (teratoma)?

Possible removal: Once an ovarian dermoid is removed , especially in the younger patient, follow up ultrasonography is required. The incidence of recurrent dermoid cysts in a pediatric and adolescent population following ovarian cystectomy is 10.6% where only 3% will recur and require further surgical management. Eventually all are cured ...Read more

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What to do if I have a reoccurring ovarian dermoid cyst (teratoma)?

What to do if I have a reoccurring ovarian dermoid cyst (teratoma)?

Removal: You should have it removed by a qualified pelvic surgeon! Good luck and hope that it is benign! ...Read more

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Teratoma (Definition)

Teratomas are benign or maligant growth that may contain multiple cell types. It is possible that they developed from a stem cell that had the ability differentiated into ...Read more