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Could polycystic ovarian syndrome without ovarian cysts?

Could polycystic ovarian syndrome without ovarian cysts?

No.: Ovaries having cysts is part of the syndrome. There are some medical conditions that can mimic some of the symptoms of PCOS, such as metabolic syndrome. A complete history and workup would aid in identifying this. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is ovarian cancer genetic?

Is ovarian cancer genetic?

Sometimes: Certain genotypes such as the brca mutations have a higher incidence of ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Irregular cycles ...: Most women with pcos have one or more of: irregular periods or no cycles, acne, oily skin, unwanted hair growth especially on the face or lower stomach, infertility or subfertility (difficulty getting pregnant). Some women with pcos have little or no symptoms - we look at symptoms, blood tests and an ultrasound of the ovaries to make the diagnosis. Not all women with pcos have fertility issues. ...Read more

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What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Hormone imbalance: Pcos is an imbalance in hormones that can cause irregular periods, acne, excess hair, and infertility. Blood tests can determine if your pcos is from an imbalance in pituitary hormones (lh & fsh), adrenal hormones (dheas), or Insulin resistance. Some doctors recommend a pelvic ultrasound to assess the ovaries to look for cysts. ...Read more

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Can polycystic ovaries develop into polycystic ovary syndrome?

Can polycystic ovaries develop into polycystic ovary syndrome?

Sort of: Polycystic ovaries is a finding on ultrasound where there are lots of small follicles on the ovaries. Pcos is where you have some combination (depending on which criteria your doctor uses) of pco looking ovaries, ovulation problems and symptoms of producing too much male hormone. Many but not all women with pcos have pco looking ovaries and many women with pco ovaries have the syndrome. ...Read more

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History of early stage breast cancer have septated ovarian cyst?

History of early stage breast cancer have septated ovarian cyst?

Need more details: I highly recommend you consult your oncology team and get evaluated by a gynecology oncologist. Since you are <50, it makes me concerned about a brca mutations (if you have not been tested, then get tested!). Ovarian cancer and breast cancer can be related, especially if brca is positive. If you have a estrogen positive tumor, then stopping the ovaries from making hormone may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Characteristics of polycystic ovarian syndrome ?

Characteristics of polycystic ovarian syndrome ?

In general: In general, characteristics include irregular or absent menstruation, unwanted male hormone excess like acne or hair growth, weight gain, and little cysts on the ovaries seen on ultrasound scan. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer and breast cancer be hereditary?

Can ovarian cancer and breast cancer be hereditary?

Yes, of course: This is one of the classic hereditary cancer syndromes. Sorry, i don't have enough characters to be allowed to give you a full asnwer here, but quoting wikipedia: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hereditary_breast%e2%80%93ovarian_cancer_syndrome. ...Read more

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Is polycystic ovary syndrome treatable?

Is polycystic ovary syndrome treatable?

Somewhat: Hi. Standard treatments for PCOS include BCPs with a low-androgenic progestin, metformin, and spironolactone in various combinations. PCOS increases type 2 diabetes risk, and metformin helps with that too. When fertility is desired, in addition to stopping BCPs, an agent such as clomiphene may be needed as well. As the underlying cause(s) is/are incompletely understood, we still have a way to go. ...Read more

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What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos)?

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos)?

Dx of exclusion: Pcos is a DX of exclusion where a female has hyperandrogenism and oligo/amenorrhea in the absence of another endocrine disorder like androgen secreting tumor, cushing's syndrome, cah, etc. Most females are Insulin resistant as well. Depending on which criteria you look at, ovarian cysts don't necessarily have to be part of the diagnosis. Pcos is a very old term and somewhat outdated. ...Read more

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Ovarian cancer symtoms?

Ovarian cancer symtoms?

None specific, early: Unfortunately there are no specific symptoms in early disease, other than vague symptoms like bloating, abdominal discomfort etc. See the following site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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Is polycystic ovary syndrome related to polycystic kidney disease?

Is polycystic ovary syndrome related to polycystic kidney disease?

Totally unrelated: Apart from the word connection these are totally unrelated conditions. Having 1 does not lead to the other. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) is a complex disorder affecting the ovaries which may cause irregular cycles, fertility or metabolic problems. Polycystic kidney disease is genetic disorder and comes in two versions, both causing kidney problems, which may end in kidney failure / dialysis. ...Read more

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Ovarian cysts after treatment of ovarian cancer, help?

Ovarian cysts after treatment of ovarian cancer, help?

May be normal: Cysts are what ovaries make "for a living". An ovarian cyst, by itself, does indicated ovarian cancer. The reason for the cyst should be evaluated if it is persistent. Continued followup with the treating physician for ovarian cancer is indicated. ...Read more

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Is polycystic ovary disease a syndrome?

Is polycystic ovary disease a syndrome?

Yes: Pcos is also called stein leventhal syndrome. Strangely, you don;t have to have ovarian cysts to have this disease. Symptoms include lots of things including acne, excessive hair growth, obesity and infertility. ...Read more

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Can complex ovarian cysts cause polycystic ovarian disease?

Can complex ovarian cysts cause polycystic ovarian disease?

No: The term complex ovarian cyst indicates that an imaging study, usually ultrasound, shows a cyst with internal echoes, septation, or irregular or thickened cyst walls. They should be aggressively investigated as some of these cysts may be cancerous. Polycystic ovaries are usually enlarged and contain multiple small cysts just under the surface of the ovary. They mainly produce hormone imbalances. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer different from metastatic ovarian cancer?

How is ovarian cancer different from metastatic ovarian cancer?

Related to spread: Metastatic refers to a cancer that has spread from the original site that it originated from to a more distant site in the body. For example, if a woman had ovarian cancer and it spread to the lungs then this would be consider metastatic disease. ...Read more

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Polycystic ovarian disease ever experience pregnancy?

Polycystic ovarian disease ever experience pregnancy?

Yes!: Many women with pcos do conceive on their own, especially if they are healthy and maintain a proper diet and exercise program. If they need help, our treatments are phenomenally successful! ...Read more

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Can polycystic ovarian syndrome cause?

Can polycystic ovarian syndrome cause?

Insulin resistance: May cause over-secretion of insulin, called Insulin resistance; may cause vascular, early cardiac signs, and hyperandronization (hirsutism, acne and hair ,loss), thereby also causing increased appetite for carbohydrates and obesity. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more