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How are ovarian cysts diagnosed?

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A pair of tests can diagnose ovarian cysts:

  • A pelvic exam may reveal a lump in the pelvic area.
  • An ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of the ovaries. This helps the doctor determine the size and location of a cyst.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: "Endometriosis."

CDC: "Pelvic Inflammatory Disease."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Pelvic Pain."

"Ovary." Katz, VL, Lentz, GM, Lobo, RA, Gershenson, DM. Comprehensive Gynecology. 5th ed. Mosby Elsevier, 2007.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on October 16, 2020

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: "Endometriosis."

CDC: "Pelvic Inflammatory Disease."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Pelvic Pain."

"Ovary." Katz, VL, Lentz, GM, Lobo, RA, Gershenson, DM. Comprehensive Gynecology. 5th ed. Mosby Elsevier, 2007.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on October 16, 2020

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