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1st ultrasound 1/4/07 because of cyst-Right ovary. ovary measured 2.9 x 2.1 x 2.4 cm, diagnosed complex follicular-type cyst measuring 1.4 x 1.4 x 1.3. recommended follow up ultrasound. Also noted left ovary 2.3 x 1.7 x 2.3cm.
2nd ultrasound 3/12/07, ovary now measure 3.2 x 2.1 x 2 cm, with cyst measuring 1.7 x 1.4 x 1.8. Report says "It actually appears somewhat different today with periphery being hyperechoic. noted left ovary measure 3.2 x 2.1 x 1.6.
They are requesting to do a laporoscopy with possible removal because of the increase in the ovary as well as the cyst. I am a 40 year old women who had a hysterectomy 16 years ago.Mother had ovarian cancer, can't get exacty history, no contact. Should I be worried or do I have an over zealous Dr.? What does "Periphery being hyperechoic" mean, and is the growth in 60 days alarming? Originally went to doctor for changes I was having. Hair growth, tired, painful ovulation, heavy feeling in my pelvic area. Also, unexplained weight gain. Thanks for any info you might have.
I would separate your question into two parts:
First if your mother had ovarian cancer, have you seen a genetic counselor to discuss your risk for ovarian cancer? there are now genetic tests BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. About 10% of all women who have ovarian cancer have this gene mutation. There are probably other gene mutations that we do not know how to test for yet. If you are at risk for ovarian cancer, you should consider a prophylactic removal of your ovaries. Women who are at genetic risk for ovarian cancer are at risk in their 40's.
Second - your cyst is tiny. but if it is not going away, it is reasonable to consider removing the cyst and that ovary. most cysts are benign.
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