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
Hello all! On this site, I’ve been trying to get a wide range of different types of ovarian cyst pictures and ultrasounds. But now I would like to ask you, what would you like to see?
Would you like to see more ultrasounds? Or do you prefer the more graphic flesh and blood type pictures? Would you like to see some different types of cysts I have not yet featured? Or do you want more diagrams?
I’d like to know what would help you the most, so I can spend some time hunting down those types of ovarian cyst pictures/ultrasounds.
Please leave your responses in the comments, and I’ll get back to work! 🙂
A septated ovarian cyst is one that simply has a wall in it (septum means wall). Here is an ultrasound:
Now, septation used to mean that you had to have surgery. It used to be that doctors thought a septated ovarian cyst and cancer went together. So they would remove the cyst to make sure it wasn’t cancer.
In the past year, the recommendation has changed to wait and see, as long as the cyst does not contain solid areas or papillary projections (little finger like extensions) on the ultrasound.
A lot of the time, these types of cysts will resolve on their own. Often, endometriosis will cause endometriomas, which are often septated due to the dried blood inside. These can go away if the endometriosis is brought under control. Sometimes, they even dissolve on their own without any outward intervention. At least, that is what a recent study showed. You can read more about that here.
Ultrasound from Oncology News International.