What are ovarian cysts? Cysts are fluid filled sacs which can develop anywhere on the body. There are several different types of ovarian cysts:
Functional cyst - These form during the normal menstrual cycle. A sac containing eggs forms and usually breaks open to release the egg and the sac dissolves. Sometimes, the sac doesn’t break open and continues to grow, this is called a follicular cyst. It usually disappears in 30 to 90 days. Another type of functional cyst is called corpus luteum and it is when the sac doesn’t dissolve right away. This usually disappears on its own in a few weeks.
Endometriomas - This type of cyst can develop in women who have endometriosis . Tissue from the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus and if it attaches to the ovary it can cause an cyst.
Cystadenomas - This type of cyst forms from the outer cells of the ovary.
Dermoid cysts - Cells in the ovary which develop hair, teeth or other tissue during pregnancy can become part of an ovari...
Definition A cyst is a closed pocket or pouch of tissue. It can be filled with air, fluid, pus, or other material. Considerations Cysts may form within any tissue in the body. Cysts within the lung generally are air-filled, while cysts involving the lymph system or kidneys are fluid-filled. Certain parasites, such as trichinosis , dog tapeworm ( Toxocara canis ), and echinococcus , can form cysts within the muscles, liver, brain, lungs, and eyes. Cysts are common on the skin. They develop as a result of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands (acne-related cysts), or around a foreign object stuck in the skin. See also: Pilonidal dimple Common Causes
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous (benign) tumors that develop in the uterus (womb), a female reproductive organ.
Leiomyoma; Fibromyoma; Myoma; Fibroids
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor . As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years (the time after starting menstruation for the first time and before menopause).
Fibroids usually affect women over age 30. They are rare in women under 20, and often shrink and cause no symptoms in women who have gone through menopause. They are more common in African Americans than Caucasians.
The cause of uterine fibroid tumors is unknown. However, fibroid growth seems to depend on the hormone estrogen. As long as a woman with fibroids is menstruating, a fibroid will probably continue to grow, usually slowly.
Fibroids can be so tiny that you need a microscope to see them. However, they can grow very large...
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