I've never posted to this forum before but in my frantic internet searches to reassure myself, have come across this forum three or four times now and it seems like a great opportunity to ask a few questions. So, uh, hi. c:
I'm 20 years old and I have a mass that either "originates from the ovary or is paraovarian." It is about 5 x 4 x 5 centimeters. It popped up on an unrelated abdominal ultrasound back in August, and I had a pelvic ultrasound and MRI last week (late October). The mass does not seem to have changed size since then. Here is what the most recent (pelvic MRI) report says:
"Primary consideration includes cystic teratoma.
Other differential considerations include complex cyst . Malignancy less
likely considered. Given the size of the lesion, this puts the left ovary at
increased risk for torsion. If surgery is not contemplated, follow-up
ultrasound pelvis may be obtained in 2 months to assess stability."
So it's either a cystic teratoma (which I'm hoping for at this point - my mother had one, can they run in families?) or a complex cyst, and it mentions malignancy even though that's not likely (though in my worried little head it doesn't make a difference that it's not likely, it still scares me). I am getting an appointment with an ob/gyn to get the ball rolling, and get this thing out of me - I don't want a wait and see approach, I want it gone. It's just a matter of waiting until that can happen... :(
The MRI report also said,
"Small amount of free fluid in the pelvis with layering signal within it
posterior aspect , suggesting complex nature of the free fluid , and
presumably containing areas of hemorrhage and/or proteinaceous material within
I know I'm not a doctor and most of us aren't, but should I be worried about this? Small amount of free fluid? I was menstruating when I had this MRI - could that mean anything? Can benign cysts cause free fluid?
One more thing... I'm jumping to conclusions because I'm anxious, I know.... but I read that one of the first places that ovarian cancer metastasizes to is the liver. I have very recently (due to previously mentioned abdominal test) been diagnosed with isolated fatty liver (meaning there are only fatty areas, the whole liver is not fatty). My mother has a fatty liver too, so I should be able to feel that the diagnosis is correct - but there is a small part of me that's screaming "What if it's cancer? What if it spread to my liver?"
Any help, reassurance, or suggestions would be really appreciated. Hope everyone is well. c:
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