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Gynecology

Ovarian cyst

09/18/2008

Question:

I have a ovarian cyst on my right ovary about 16cm. Also a smaller one in my left. With prolong bleeding up to 17 days. Is a hesterectomy necessary? Can it be removed with out one. My doctor suggested one even though my tests for CA 125 was 19 and a uteral biopsy was normal.

Answer:

A 16 cm ovarian cyst is never normal and needs to be removed. Whether or not the uterus needs to be removed depends on whether or not the cyst is malignant. A hysterectomy may be a treatment for your bleeding, but not absolutely necessary. The cause of the bleeding needs to be determined and all medical options considered. Either way, the ovary needs removal ASAP.

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Response by:

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated