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Doctor insights on: What Are Ovarian Cysts

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What are overian cysts?

What are overian cysts?

Usually normal: Ovarian cysts form as the eggs in your ovaries mature. Many women have monthly pain associated with this process but it's generally benign. Sometimes you can have abnormal growth of cysts, such as in polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you are having problems with ovarian cysts, you need to see your gyn right away. ...Read more

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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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What are ovarian cysts from?

What are ovarian cysts from?

Most are normal: Making cysts is what the ovary normally does. Ovulation is the process by which an egg is enclosed in a follicle that produces estrogen. The follicle develops over (usually) two weeks, and then ruptures, releasing the egg. This is ovulation. The structure that was the follicle the begins to produce progesterone. It remains present until 10-12 weeks if pregnancy occurs. ...Read more

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What are complex ovarian cysts?

What are complex ovarian cysts?

Complex cyst: A complex ovarian cyst is a term used to differentiate it from the more common "simple" cyst. A simple cyst is a cell membranes surrounding a fluid filled sac. A complex cyst means there are liquid and solid components. While most complex cysts are benign this term is also used to describe cysts that need closer follow up to confirm resolution as some will need surgical management. ...Read more

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What are ovarian nodules?

Nonspecific term: The term 'nodule,' no matter which site it is at, is a very nonspecific term. Most often nodules are NOT cancer. However, when a 'nodule' is noted by exam or imaging, it is often termed suspicious or not suspicious. Sometimes, more tests are required immediately or in a few months to further assess a nodule. Sometimes, no further test is necessary. Be sure to follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are ovarian nodules?

Ovarian "bubbles": Ovarian nodules are like "bubbles" that develop below the surface that protrude to the surface most commonly from ovarian cysts an often seen on ultrasound. ...Read more

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What are functional ovarian cysts?

What are functional ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts: Ovarian cysts are thin - walled, clear fluid - filled sacs that develope in the ovary as part of normal egg development. These are normal findings. ...Read more

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What are nabothian cysts?

Mucus cysts of CX: Cervix has mucus producing follicles retention of mucus causes cysts, called nabothian cysts are not malignant need to be observes for malignant transformation or adjacent malignancy by colposcopic examinations. ...Read more

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What are follicular cysts?

What are follicular cysts?

Ovarian Cyst: A follicular cyst is the most common type of ovary cyst. It is a fluid filled sac within the ovary. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cysts?

What are symptoms of ovarian cysts?

Usually Nothing: During reproductive age cysts are very common. Most women would have something considered a cyst at least once per year but would never know unless an x-ray test was performed due to pain. Often though the pain is completely separate from the cyst. The follicle (a cyst) that is the growing egg each month grows to 2-3 cm and ruptures each month. Cyst rupture is normal! cysts unusually cause pain. ...Read more

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What are ovarian cystadenomas and hydronephrosis/hydroureter?

Cystadenomas : Ovarian cystadenomas are usually very large cystic tumors arising from the ovaries. As a result of their size and origin, they can cause direct compression on the nearby ureter. The compression leads to dilation of the ureter and is called hydroureter / hydronephrosis. www.peedoc.com @drhtay. ...Read more

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What are polycystic ovaries?

What are polycystic ovaries?

Big/ High follicle #: Polycystic ovaries (pco) is a finding on ultrasound scan of one or both ovaries being bigger than normal and/or having a high number of small egg-containing 'antral follicles'. Pcos or polycystic ovarian syndrome needs 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular cycles 2. Clinical or blood test signs of too much male hormones - acne, hair growth and 3. Pco. Up to 20% of women have pco, about 8-10% have pcos. ...Read more

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What are inclusion cysts?

What are inclusion cysts?

Cells go deep: The familiar "sebaceous cyst" is usually caused by cells from the epidemis, the surface layer of the skin, becoming embedded (perhaps from a bug bite) in the deep dermis. They circle up and grow, with their products (keratin and sebum) within the center, gradually increasing in size. They are easily excised; best results happen if the cyst is not punctured. ...Read more

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Are ovarian cysts normal?

Are ovarian cysts normal?

Depends on factors: A simple cyst is very common and often detected on routine pelvic or ultrasound exam and might disappear by the next exam. The more complex ones need further evaluation so doctors can determine the significance of cysts based their size, structure, timing with regard to period and to menopause, etc. Because not all cysts are normal, i'll share this with specialists in onc for their perspective.. ...Read more

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How are ovarian cysts detected?

How are ovarian cysts detected?

By exam: Or more acurately by doing a pelvic ultrasound, that can tell what type, how big and where it is located. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of ovarian cysts?

What are common symptoms of ovarian cysts?

Often none: Many ovarian cysts are silent, producing no symptoms. Some patient experience pain in the pelvic, low abdominal areas or in the low back.Area of the spine/pelvis. ...Read more

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What are signs of ovarian cyst rupture?

What are signs of ovarian cyst rupture?

Pain: Usually the abrupt onset of right or left sided abdominal pain or pelvic pain. The pain is sharp and non radiating. The pain may be improved by the use of motrin, aleve (naproxen). There may also be symptoms of nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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Are ovarian cysts dangerous?

Are ovarian cysts dangerous?

Could be : The most common complication of an ovarian cyst includes rupture of the cyst with internal bleeding, torsion of the ovary as well as the presence of malignancy within the cyst .Your obgyn can determine wether the cyst need to be removed surgically or follow up with serial sonograms. ...Read more

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Are ovarian cysts painful?

Are ovarian cysts painful?

Yes: Yes they can be painful. They usually resolve without specific treatment other than pain management. ...Read more

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What are complex breast cysts?

What are complex breast cysts?

Fibrocystic changes: Please see other posts on fibrocystic breasts for basic info. A complex cyst is a cyst with debris (nothing bad) that can sometimes look like a solid nodule. Usually the radiologist will recommend a 3 or 6 month repeat film to be sure it is not anything concerning. ...Read more

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What causes ovarian dermoid cysts?

What causes ovarian dermoid cysts?

Not known!: Hello, we don't know why ovaries make their cysts. Seems that they are a very active organ, what with making eggs and hormones, and sometimes the egg-making cells just overgrow and become a dermoid cyst, complete with hair, skin, and other cells that the 'germ cell' (egg producing cell) has in it's potential. Wierd, huh! they are benign, but don't go away without surgery, and can be recurrent. ...Read more

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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