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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 ...Read more

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

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). ...Read more

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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! ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does a paraovarian cyst mimic an ectopic pregnancy? Or are they easily distinguishable on ultrasound?

Essentially you can: Distinguish the two, but could depend on how well you see it. Any time you are pregnant and do not have an intrauterine pregnancy, then ectopic cannot be excluded. The next thing you look for is a mass outside the ovary. In general, it is pretty easy to tell if it is a paraovarian cyst or something more ominous, but certainly not 100% of the time. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Gerard Honore
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Ectopic Pregnancy (Definition)

Ectopic pregnancy is an abnormal condition in which the pregnancy occurs ...Read more