I’ve talked about dermoid ovarian cyst pictures before, but it seems that many people can’t get enough! Whether it’s the idea of seeing pictures of ovarian cysts with hair and teeth, or just the thought of some alien growing inside of us, there’s just an insatiable amount of curiosity on this subject. So I tried to see what else I could find…
This particular illustration came from an older book on the subject. The description is as follows:
Fig. 67. – Teeth from Ovarian Dermoid (From Coplin after Roberts).
An irregular branching piece of bone contained in a dermoid cyst of the ovary, in which are implanted well-formed teeth: 1, 1, Bony mass; 2, a tooth resembling a canine of the first dentition; 3, 3, 3, teeth resembling molars.
This next one is a little bit scary:
You can really see the developed teeth in it! This picture is from PathConsultDDX.
Finally, a post about pictures of ovarian cysts with hair and teeth would not be complete without a picture of one with hair in it. So without further ado…
This lovely hairball is from EndoGyn Wiki.
If you think your cyst is a little more complicated, complex ovarian cyst pictures can help you understand it. There are a lot of different types of complex ovarian cysts. Let’s look at pictures of a few of them.
I prefer ultrasounds in general, as that is what the doctor is more likely to show you.
This type of cyst is called a multiloculated ovarian cyst. It looks like a lot of bubbles close together. When a cyst looks like this, it is more likely to be cancerous. One extra detail doctors look for is the presence of papillary extensions – these look like fingers coming out. When these are present, the cyst has a higher likelihood of being cancerous.
These two photos show a before and after ultrasound of a complex cyst. You can see in the first one that the cyst was filled with fluid. When a cyst is partially filled with fluid, has a wall, or partially solid, it’s defined as complex. In this case, you can see that it resolved on its own without medical intervention.
Photos from Institute for Advanced Medical Education, Journal of Korean Medical Science,
Ever wonder what a ruptured ovarian cyst looks like? Well, here’s a picture:
You can see how it is deflated, without a bunch of fluid inside. Here is a diagram of an unruptured cyst, just to compare them…
You can see how unruptured cysts look like a large bag hanging off the ovary. Now, it doesn’t always hang like this. Also, most cysts dissolve before getting this large. A cyst like this would be at risk for rupturing.
What does a ruptured cyst feel like? INTENSE PAIN. It will feel like you can’t even move, the pain will be so sharp. It will generally be on just one side of the abdomen, and nothing you do will cause it to abate. If you know you have an ovarian cyst and you suddenly experience intense pain (like 9-10 on a scale of 1-10), go to your doctor. It’s important to rule out a twisted cyst or internal bleeding.
Once a cyst has burst, the ultrasound will show fluid in your abdomen. The ultrasound will look something like this:
Diagram from MayoClinic Health Library. Ruptured cyst photo from Ed Uthman via Flickr. Ultrasound from UltrasoundImages.com