Ovarian cyst - Definition

April 2017


Definition


A cyst defines a pocket of liquid, gaseous, or solid content, more rarely, which develops inside the body. An ovarian cyst may be related to the menstrual cycle: in this case, it is called a functional cyst. When they settle over time, they may be benign or less frequently, cancer: this is called an organic cyst. Typically, ovarian cysts are asymptomatic and therefore generate no discomfort, but some of especially large sizes can cause pelvic pain or irregular periods. After the discovery of a cyst, most often by accident during an ultrasound or when certain symptoms are present, a simple ultrasound may be sufficient, because in women between puberty and menopause, functional cysts are very common and disappear suddenly. In cases of persistence, ablation of the cyst enables analysis.

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Published by Jeff. Latest update on December 11, 2013 at 04:48 AM by Jeff.
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