Ovarian Cysts: A Review

Cheryl Horlen, PharmD, BCPS


US Pharmacist. 2010;35(7):1-4. 

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Most ovarian cysts do not cause any noticeable symptoms and are found incidentally upon physical examination or ultrasound. Some women with functional ovarian cysts report a dull sensation or heaviness in the pelvis.[6] Corpus luteum cysts are more likely than follicular cysts to cause pain, peritoneal irritation, and delayed menses.[3] As an ovarian cyst enlarges, the patient may notice increased abdominal girth or pressure. Acute, severe lower-abdominal pain may indicate torsion or cyst rupture.


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