Friday, November 07, 2003

Dermoid Cyst for my Sister

My sister's MRI last week indicated that her right ovary is twice the normal size and that she has a dermoid cyst. This was the first MRI she has had done. Her doctor didn't do an MRI prior to her abdominal myomectomy last Spring where they removed 6 fibroids totally the volume of a grapefruit.

She continued to have pelvic pain after the surgery and didn't know what was up. The doctor told her she would feel better after the myomectomy and that wasn't the case. She started having ovarian pain when she was in high school. The dermoid cyst was probably the thing causing her pain and not her fibroids.

She will have to get more information before deciding on when to schedule the surgery.

Dermoid Cyst Facts:
* Dermoid cysts contain cells that are fetal in origin. They can contain hair, teeth, skin, sebaceous oil, and even eye tissue (I don't know what that means). One website said that it was from a self-activated egg that was trying to start growing in the absence of fertilization but I'm not sure if that is true or not. Otherwise it might just be left over from when you were a developing embryo.
* Ovaries are fairly adaptive and even a portion of tissue remaining will continue to function
* Sometimes the dermoid cyst will take over the ovarian tissue, this sounds rare
* There have been cases where dermoid cysts have turned cancerous, but it is a small percentage of the time.
* The medical term for a dermoid cyst of the ovary is a ovarian teratoma.
* The name of the procedure that doctors do to try to save the ovary is called ovarian cystectomy.

Related Links:

Will dermoid removal affect getting pregnant?

Dermoid Cyst

What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts ~ treatment
"If you are under forty, s/he is likely to recommend leaving the ovary intact, particularly if you want children. Even if the ovary is badly damaged by the cyst and only a small part remains, that part can still go on working normally."

Ovarian Cysts

Laparoscopic surgery of dermoid cysts--intraoperative spillage and complications.


Ovarian Teratomas: Tumor Types and Imaging Characteristics

Teratoma, Cystic

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