Medtech1.com: Great Information, Real Community, Better Living.
 Register
 Login
 Main Page
 MedTech News
Tech & Innovation
Living With a Device
 Education Center
Diagnostic Tests
Conditions
Procedures
Women's Health
Companies
Online Resources
Video Library
Dr. Christopher Kwolek  MedTech  Hero™
Dr. Christopher Kwolek:
Pioneering New Blood Clot Treatments.
About Heroes
 Join the Discussion in  Our Forums
 Community
MedTech1 Forums
 Advocacy Center
Contact Congress
Find a Patient Group
 Bookmark Us
 
advertisement
Search the Body1 Network
July 30, 2016  
EDUCATION CENTER: Clinical Overview

Clinical Overview
Definition
Symptoms Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Printer Friendly Version
  • Email this Condition
  • Ovarian Cysts

    Clinical Overview
    Reviewed by Joseph Maloney, M.D.

    Many women experience ovarian cysts during their pre-menopausal years. Women who have had ovarian cysts in the past are at a higher risk of developing them again.

    The cause of ovarian cysts is unknown.

    Each month during ovulation, an egg ripens in one of the follicles in a woman’s ovary and is released. In order for the egg to be released, the follicle ruptures. When this happens the follicle develops into a smaller sac, called the corpus luteum. If the egg remains unfertilized, the corpus luteum is reabsorbed and a new follicle begins to grow for the next menstrual cycle. If the egg is fertilized, the corpus luteum remains for the first few months of pregnancy, secreting vital hormones for the developing embryo.

    Two main types of functional ovarian cysts exist: follicular cysts and corpus luteum cysts. Follicular cysts either develop when the follicle ruptures to release the egg, or when the follicle fails to release the egg and just continues to enlarge. They tend to be painless, and usually disappear within 60 days. They are rarely larger than one to two inches in diameter.

    Whereas follicular cysts are often undetected, corpus luteum cysts are usually painful. Corpus luteum cysts can develop after ovulation, and are filled with fluid or blood. They can grow from the size of a golf ball to the size of a grapefruit. Corpus luteum cysts usually cause pain on one side of the abdomen, and may not reabsorb as quickly as follicle cysts.

    Often times, the pain associated with corpus luteum cysts is sharp, which may mean one of two things: either the cyst has ruptured, or it is undergoing a process called torsion, in which the stem of the cyst becomes twisted.

    In some cases, a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome) causes multiple cysts to form on the ovary. This condition is caused by hormone irregularities in the body and can cause scarring and infertility.

    Last updated: Apr-11-07

    Comments

  • Add Comment
  • Interact on Medtech1

    Discuss this topic with others.
     
    Related Multimedia

    Interview with James Spies, M.D. about Treatments for Fibroids

    The Importance of Medical Technology In Women's Lives - by Representative RosaDeLauro (D-CT) (low bandwidth)

    More Features ...
     
    Related Content
    Pregnancy

    Prostate Cancer

    Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

    More Features ...
     
    Home About Us Press Jobs Advertise With Us Contact Us
    advertisement
    © 2016 Body1 All rights reserved.
    Disclaimer: The information provided within this website is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Owners and Sponsors of this site. By using this site you agree to indemnify, and hold the Owners and Sponsors harmless, from any disputes arising from content posted here-in.