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What is difference between a follicle on ovary and a cyst on ovary ?

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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: None

A follicle is a cyst in the ovary.
However ultrasound cannot differentiate "functional" cysts (supposed to be there) from a neoplastic one (benign or pre-malignant, or malignant one). We use ultrasound criteria and risk factors to decide if anything needs to be done, but usually a small, single, thin-walled cyst of the ovary is normal and is supposed to be there. Serial ultraounds are helpful.

In brief: None

A follicle is a cyst in the ovary.
However ultrasound cannot differentiate "functional" cysts (supposed to be there) from a neoplastic one (benign or pre-malignant, or malignant one). We use ultrasound criteria and risk factors to decide if anything needs to be done, but usually a small, single, thin-walled cyst of the ovary is normal and is supposed to be there. Serial ultraounds are helpful.
Dr. Miguel Cano
Dr. Miguel Cano
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Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Egg vs Fluid

A follicle is a normal part of the ovary that holds the egg.
Each month a follicle is triggered by hormones to mature so that the egg can be ovulated. Cysts are fluid filled and larger than a normal follicle. There are many types of cysts. Most are harmless but some could be associated with different diseases, ex polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis.

In brief: Egg vs Fluid

A follicle is a normal part of the ovary that holds the egg.
Each month a follicle is triggered by hormones to mature so that the egg can be ovulated. Cysts are fluid filled and larger than a normal follicle. There are many types of cysts. Most are harmless but some could be associated with different diseases, ex polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
Answer assisted by Nicole Bressler, Medical Student
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