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Ovarian cysts: A correct diagnosis is necessary for treatment

Ovarian cysts are common among women. They are often misdiagnosed, which results in delayed treatment, because symptoms vary and mimic other problems. Some women won't know they have ovarian cysts because they have no symptoms. Others have mild symptoms like a dull ache in the stomach or a slight fever.

Why is it important to correctly diagnose an ovarian cyst?

It's important that women have ovarian cysts diagnosed correctly, and it must be clear that a cyst is not a part of a greater issue. They can cause serious health concerns or result in infertility if left untreated.

Why do ovarian cysts develop in some women but not all?

Women develop ovarian cysts because of their fluctuating hormones throughout the month. There are several types, and the type you have can indicate the possibility of illnesses. For example, an endometrioma is likely if you have endometriosis, whereas someone with multiple functional cysts might have polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Can cysts on the ovaries cause complications?

In severe cases, ovarian cysts can grow to the size of a softball or grapefruit. Some get even larger as the hormones in the body fluctuate month after month. This can put pressure on the organs. If the cyst bursts, it can become life-threatening in some cases. Even if it is not life-threatening, it is an extremely painful condition to live with. There are treatments available if the condition is diagnosed correctly.

If you've been living in pain or had life-threatening injuries as a result of your doctor's negligence, you can take a stand. You may have a right to compensation for your injuries and suffering.

Source: Right Diagnosis, "Misdiagnosis of Ovarian Cysts," accessed Aug. 01, 2017

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