Ovarian Dermoid Cyst

What is Ovarian Dermoid Cyst?
Ovarian Dermoid Cyst
Ovarian Dermoid Cyst is an abnormal growth in the ovary that contains tissues such as bone, hair, thyroid, teeth, skin etc.
The good news is that 98% of dermoid cysts are benign, only 2% are malignant (cancerous).
The larger the dermoid cyst, the greater the risk of rupture which can cause pain. Dermoid cyst can cause the ovary to twist and impede its blood supply.

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms:
Very often, ovarian cysts do not cause any symptoms. However, as the cyst grows, the following symptoms can appear:

  • Breast tenderness
    Nausea and vomiting
    Abdominal bloating
    Abdominal bloating swelling
    Painful bowel movements
    Pelvic pain
    Painful intercourse
    Pain in the lower back
    Pain in the thighs

Ovarian Cyst Diagnosis:
An ultrasound scan, CT scan, MRI scan,blood and urine tests can confirm an ovarian cyst.
Most ovarian cysts cause no symptoms and are diagnosed during a routine examination, cervical screening test or if you have an ultrasound scan for some reason.

Most ovarian cysts will disappear over a few months. If the cyst disappears, then no further action is required. If the cyst does not disappear your doctor may advise you to have ultrasound scan to determine the next course of action by taking into consideration your age, size of your cyst and whether you show any symptoms.

Ovarian Cyst Operation:
if the cyst is large removal of an ovarian cyst may be advised. Very often surgeons would want to remove large cyst in order to determine its type and to make sure that it has no cancer cells in it.