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I have a 3cm septated ovarian cyst. At what point/size should it be surgically removed. I have a hx of Dermoid Teratoma/partial oophrectomy.

I have a 3cm septated ovarian cyst. At what point/size should it be surgically removed. I have a hx of Dermoid Teratoma/partial oophrectomy.

It depends: Good evening,

It appears that you already follow with GYN, so they should be able to tell you when the cyst should be removed. Many times, the cyst is monitored every 6 months to a year for interval increase in size. If the size remains stable over time, there is no need for intervention. Good luck. ...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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I have been diagnosed with a complex multiseptated ovarian cyst roughly 9.5 x 5.6 x 6.3cm, will it need to be removed?

I have been diagnosed with a complex multiseptated ovarian cyst roughly 9.5 x 5.6 x 6.3cm, will it need to be removed?

Most likely: A 9.5cm ovarian cyst is quite large. Your cyst has fluid and solid components (complex) and lots of septations. Cysts like this don't usually go away on their own. They frequently have to be surgically removed. The good news is that ovarian cancer is not common at age 23 and you have two ovaries so you should still be able to get pregnant if the other ovary is normal. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have a left ovarian cyst 3.5 x 4.8 and only a partial ovary with pain, does it need to be removed?

I have a left ovarian cyst 3.5 x 4.8 and only a partial ovary with pain, does it need to be removed?

Ovarian torsion: A cyst can cause torsion of the ovary. This may be intermittent and resolve afterwards. There is also a danger of ovarian infarction. It is important to see a doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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I recently had a partial hysterectomy about 3 months ago and discovered last month that I have an ovarian cyst, does it need to be removed?

I recently had a partial hysterectomy about 3 months ago and discovered last month that I have an ovarian cyst, does it need to be removed?

No: Not unless it is causing bad symptoms or has features worrisome for cancer. Cancer is unlikely since your surgeon just looked at the ovary 3 mo ago. The cyst should be followed with periodic ultrasounds to make sure it resolves and does not develop worrisome features. ...Read more

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I am 54 years old with a painful ovarian cyst for 4 years now. Ultrasounds show it is simple. Does it need to be removed? I am not menopausal yet.

I am 54 years old with a painful ovarian cyst for 4 years now. Ultrasounds show it is simple. Does it need to be removed? I am not menopausal yet.

Maybe: You do not mention how large or small it is. A large simple cyst can be painful just as a small one. If it does not respond to treatment and it is still painful, there may not be that many options left other than take it out. ...Read more

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I just had an ultrasound that detected a 6 CM ovarian cyst with nodule, will this need to be removed?

I just had an ultrasound that detected a 6 CM ovarian cyst with nodule, will this need to be removed?

Yes.: The fact that the cyst contains a solid nodule makes it more likely to be a tumor (either benign, or hopefully not-malignant), and make it important to have surgery to remove it. There are some lab tests that your doctor can order that can help to stratify it as higher or lower risk to be a cancer, but it should be removed. ...Read more

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Does a 7 CM ovarian cyst need to be removed? 16 yr old daughter is in severe pain and can barely move, even on lortab. Should we go to the er?

Does a 7 CM ovarian cyst need to be removed? 16 yr old daughter is in severe pain and can barely move, even on lortab. Should we go to the er?

Probably yes.: 7 cm is pretty large, a cyst this big could certainly cause pain. It could suddenly twist or burst, resulting in emergency surgery. Probably not a cancer. It could likely be removed using a laparoscope, resulting in small incisions. The sooner it is removed the better. See your doctor don't go to the er. ...Read more

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Do ovarian cysts vary in size?

Do ovarian cysts vary in size?

Yes.: Ovarian cysts do vary in size quite alot. In your age group, a small cyst is about 2-3 cm. I've seen cyst as large as 10 cm or more. Cyst less than 2.5 cm are probably functional follicle in your age group. A cyst may grow or persist over a few menstrual cycle or complete resolve. ...Read more

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What size ovarian cyst is worrisome?

What size ovarian cyst is worrisome?

Over 6 cm.: An ovarian cyst up to 6 centimeters in diameter is considered normal during the menstrual cycle, as long as it eventually goes away on its own. ...Read more

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What's the largest size ovarian cyst?

What's the largest size ovarian cyst?

Up to 20 cm in diame: Ovarian cyst could be large up to 20 cm in diameter. The larger cyst the more chances of torsion and rupture. Very painful. ...Read more

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Ovarian cyst of size 5cm is dangerous?

Ovarian cyst of size 5cm is dangerous?

Unlikely: If pain persists a follow up usg would be recommended. ...Read more

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When should a ovarian cyst be removed?

When should a ovarian cyst be removed?

Size and symptoms: Ovarian cysts are very common and most do not need to be removed. Only if these are symptomatic and rather large in size than excision should be a consideration. ...Read more

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Could ovarian cyst grow up to 13cm in size?

Could ovarian cyst grow up to 13cm in size?

Yes: They can also grow much larger. The risk of malignancy does not correlate with the size of the cyst. ...Read more

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What size ovarian cyst is considered large?

What size ovarian cyst is considered large?

Usually > 5 cm: An ovarian cyst larger than 5 cm is significant and requires evaluation and management. ...Read more

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What is considered a large size ovarian cyst?

What is considered a large size ovarian cyst?

Size not only factor: It depends. For women having regular cycles, up to 8 cm may be normal if it is a simple pocket of fluid. If you have a cyst, your should contact your gynecologist to discuss followup. ...Read more

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What helps reduce the size of an ovarian cyst?

What helps reduce the size of an ovarian cyst?

Ovarian cyst: Oral contraceptives are often prescribed, some times just time and expectant therapy, some times surgery its the only way. ...Read more

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If I do have an ovarian cyst, how is it removed?

If I do have an ovarian cyst, how is it removed?

Cyst Rx options: 1.) Oral contraceptive pill hormonal suppression.
2) Laparoscopic aspiration or cystectomy.
3) If the cyst is small, do nothing and wait for Mother Nature to remove by the next menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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I have a 9 CM ovarian cyst. Can I have it removed?

I have a 9 CM ovarian cyst. Can I have it removed?

Yes, if necessary: Discuss with your gynecologist. May not need to be removed. However, can easily be done laparoscopically. ...Read more

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Got an ovarian cyst removed, can I still have children?

Got an ovarian cyst removed, can I still have children?

Many do: As long as you have one healthy ovary and tubes a pregnancy is possible. Removal of an ovarian cyst does not necessarily ruin the ovary it came from. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cyst the size is 5.5× 4.5 what can I do? ?

I have ovarian cyst the size is 5.5× 4.5 what can I do? ?

Ovarian cyst: It will probably go away on its own. Have another ultrasound in 3 months. Go to an emergency room if you get worsening pelvic pain as it could mean the cyst has burst or your ovary has twisted. Birth control pills help to prevent cysts but you don't have to take them if you don't want to. For sure follow up in 3 months with your physician. ...Read more

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How big does an ovarian cyst have to be to have it removed?

How big does an ovarian cyst have to be to have it removed?

10 cm: As a general rule of thumb, less than 5 cm is usually normal, between 5 and 10 cm can possibly be observed, but greater than 10 cm should be removed. There are however and lot of other considerations that affect that decision. ...Read more

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Can you get another ovarian cyst after getting one removed?

Can you get another ovarian cyst after getting one removed?

Yes if the ovary: Has not been totally removed or in the other ovary. Low dose birth control pills can prevent the most common type of cysts, the ovulatory cyst. I use a 10mcg estrogen pill loloestrin, esp in my over 40 yo pts. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian cyst of this size (10 cm), eventually resolve itself?

Can an ovarian cyst of this size (10 cm), eventually resolve itself?

EXTREMELY unlikely: I would almost say 100% no. That size of a cyst is too large to resolve itself, and should be removed surgically, due to the risks of it being a tumor (need to rule out malignancy) and due to the risk of torsion (where the ovary twists around it's artery and vein, cuts off the blood supply to it and causes severe pain). Sorry, but you really need to have surgery to remove it. ...Read more

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When should I seek medical attention regarding an ovarian cyst 4.7 CM in size?

Wait: Cysts come and go with your cycle. While 4.7 cm is a little larger than usual it is not big enough to be of concern. As long as it is a simple cyst and unless it is somehow symptomatic, you do not need to do anything. If you are worried, recheck it after a couple of cycles. ...Read more

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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