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Can a doctor tell from a pelvic ultrasound if an ovarian cyst is cancerous or benign? Or do they all look alike and need further tests?

Can a doctor tell from a pelvic ultrasound if an ovarian cyst is cancerous or benign? Or do they all look alike and need further tests?

It depends: Certain features make it highly likely that a cystic lesion is benign(e.g. a small "simple cyst"), and others make it more likely to be malignant. There is significant overlap between benign and malignant features, so at times it is impossible to tell. Other times the appearance is so characteristic that benignity/malignancy can be predicted fairly reliably. Age and other findings also factor in ...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 can you expect in an ultrasound for ovarian cysts?

What can you expect in an ultrasound for ovarian cysts?

Answers: When an a woman presents with pelvic pain or a pelvic mass, the doctor may suspect an ovarian cyst. Usually a pelvic ultrasound will be ordered. At the time of the ultrasound, warm gel is placed on the lower abdomen while the tech observes the screen. Vaginal ultrasound is often done too for a better view of the ovaries. ...Read more

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Does ultrasound tests for ovarian cysts?

Does ultrasound tests for ovarian cysts?

An U/S of anything: Shows size, shape, and consistency of the tissue, or inconsistencies that are fluid filled (cysts) or solid filled or at least not filled with water density...This can be menstrual cycle dependent as well, and ovaries are on both sides, with the tubes are called adnexa. Fluid in the abdomen acan also be seen. None of this provides a diagnosis: need cells or tissue. ...Read more

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What can I expect during an ultrasound to check for ovarian cysts?

What can I expect during an ultrasound to check for ovarian cysts?

It should be painles: Sometimes the study is performed wtih abdominal probe in which case a full bladder is necessary to visualize pelvic organs well. Many times, vaginal probe examination is also performed because this produces superb images as the probe can get very close to the organs being examined. You will need to empty your bladder for this part of the exam. Sometimes, 3d images of the ovary may be helpful. ...Read more

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Hello i have a ovarian cysts and said in the trasnvaginal ultrasound hipoechoic and complex and septation what all thats mean .. Thanks?

Hello i  have a ovarian cysts  and said in the trasnvaginal ultrasound hipoechoic and complex and septation what all thats mean .. Thanks?

Complex cyst: In your age group, complex cysts are typically from involuting follicles containing blood or endometriomas (benign collection of blood). There is an increased risk of cancer the larger the size of the cyst. All complex cysts should be followed with an additional ultrasound to document resolution. ...Read more

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I had an ovarian cyst. Got my vaginal ultrasound recently with no clue of any cyst. But I am still having pain in my abdomen. Can the reports be wrong?

I had an ovarian cyst. Got my vaginal ultrasound recently with no clue of any cyst. But I am still having pain in my abdomen. Can the reports be wrong?

Possibilities...: There are multiple potential reasons why your are still having abdominal/pelvic pain. Ovarian cysts can cause pain but not all the time. Usually happens if they are very large or rupture. Besides a gynecological problem your pain could come fro other sources like bowel problems. Follow up with your doctor in order to get to the bottom of your symptoms and get a final diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I haven't had a period in 12 months, and I do have 2 complicated ovarian cysts on a recent ultrasound. Today I woke up with bleeding . Is this normal?

I haven't had a period in 12 months, and I do have 2 complicated ovarian cysts on a recent ultrasound. Today I woke up with bleeding . Is this normal?

Absolutely not!: You are post menopausal with abnormal bleeding. You need to see your physician or Ob/Gyn as soon as possible. Although it may be an easy fix you need to be seen to rule out more significant disease. Not to scare you but cancer needs to be ruled out. Be seen promptly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sonogram (Definition)

The sonogram is a test that looks at body organs with no radiation. It uses sound waves and can give us a 2 dimensional view of organs such as the kidney, liver, heart, and lungs. It can define spaces that are either solid or full of fluid. I can also guide large needles into an organ or near the spine, and can help define the area being cut open. Its a ...Read more


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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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


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