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It is always scary to be told you have a mass on your ovary. It is not possible to make a diagnosis of what it is without removing it. Luckily most masses or cysts on the ovaries are benign. There are lots of different words used to describe growths on the ovaries. A cyst implies an enlargement that contains fluid. A mass is a more general word that can mean a growth that is cystic or solid or both.
Many growths contain calcium. I believe that the majority are benign. The most common tumor of the ovary is a benign mature teratoma. This is also called a dermoid cyst. This benign tumor contains calcium, hair, elements of bone, cartilage, neural tissue. Other benign calcified masses include fibromas and fibroids (leiomyomas).
Calcium can be seen in malignant growths. Usually this is seen as speckles of calcium desposits in a strange little secretions called a psammoma bodies. Usually this is not seen on an xray but only seen on microscopic examination (that is after the growth has been removed and is being looked at on a slide.) There is a very rare cancer called a psammoma carcinoma which contains alot of those little psammoma bodies (they look like little pink whorls of crystals; like little microscopic oyster shells).
Let me know what your blood tests show. Best wishes.
Good luck to you and I hope your cysts are benign. I was actually diagnosed with psammomacarcinoma from my biopsy, and later as Ovarian Cancer with massive psammoma bodies present after my surgery. I have never really read about them anywhere, so it was nice to see this response address them. The Dr at my hospital had never heard of it, and had to call 3 different Dr's to find out what it was! Very interesting.
Received the bloodwork results today..everything was negative. CA-125 and ATF Tumor markers...I am however going to take my US pictures and the results to an OC gyn. specialist in Manhattan...You can never be to cautious when it comes to your health...Thank you for your resonses and good luck to everyone Your all in my prayers.
I was sent to a surgeon today with a diagnosis of a 8 to 10 cm mass on my adrenal gland. After the Cat Scan was repeated, the surgeon said the mass was acutally on my ovary. It is pushing my ovary into my uterus. She mentioned the mass is dark or thick around the outside and has something running thru it but I cannot remember what was said. Needless to say I have to see an oncologist GYN. Why would they not try to watch this mass for a while.
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