What are chocolate cysts?

Chocolate Cysts. Endometriosis most commonly occurs on the ovaries, on the tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the womb (Fallopian tubes), and on the tissues that hold the womb in place. When it occurs on the ovaries the endometriosis can forms cysts (endometrioma). These are also called chocolate cysts because of the brown fluid they contain. They may not cause any pain and may only be found during an internal examination to check fertility. However if they burst, their contents spill into the body cavity where they can cause severe pain and result in adhesions. Less commonly endometriosis can occur on the bladder or bowel or on other organs.

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What is a chocolate cyst?

Endometriosis. A chocolate cyst is a non-medical name for endometriosis of the ovary. This is where tissue from inside the uterus grows on the ovary. The symptoms include abdominal pain in various distributions that is timed with the monthly cycle. Read more...
Chocolate Cyst. Agree dr. Kohl. Further though, they are not true ovarian cysts in a traditional sense, but represent invaginations of the surface of the ovary. They should not be excised or significant ovary (eggs) will be removed, rather opened and surface disease treated. The presence of these cysts on ultrasound usually predicts higher stage disease ( 3or4) and needs advanced surgical excision. Read more...