Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Ovarian Cysts
Other conditions that may have symptoms similar to
ovarian cysts include:
Infection of the appendix (appendicitis).
Pregnancy involving the
fallopian tube (ectopic pregnancy).
found outside of the uterus (endometriosis). When this tissue grows
on an ovary, it is called an
inflammation of the intestines (inflammatory bowel disease).
Digestive problems, such as
irritable bowel syndrome.
crystals in the urinary system (kidney stones).
Twisting of the ovary on its supporting ligament (ovarian torsion).
infection of the female pelvic organs (pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID).
Enlargement of and cyst formation in the
ovaries (polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS). But PCOS is
a multisystem condition that also causes irregular menstrual cycles, weight
gain, acne, excess hair growth, and insulin problems. Also, the cysts present in PCOS are usually less than 1.5 in. (3.8 cm) in diameter, smaller than is usually found in functional ovarian cysts.
Ovarian cancer often causes no symptoms, though early
signs can include weight loss, weight gain, increased abdominal girth, gas, and
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