Ruptured Ovarian Cyst Picture

Ever wonder what a ruptured ovarian cyst looks like?  Well, here’s a picture:

ruptured ovarian cyst

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…

ovarian cyst diagram

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:

ruptured ovarian cyst ultrasound

Diagram from MayoClinic Health Library.  Ruptured cyst photo from Ed Uthman via Flickr.  Ultrasound from

Dermoid Ovarian Cyst Pictures

The dermoid cyst is possibly the most scary of all cysts.   Not scary dangerous, but scary in idea.  You see, in a dermoid cyst, you have hair, sebaceous glands, teeth, and other body parts growing within the egg.  Dermoid ovarian cyst pictures are especially gross.  However, it can be interesting to see what they look like.

Fortunately, dermoid cysts are very rare.  They are also slow growing, so you do have time to get it removed before it gets too large.  You do need to have these types of cysts removed, as they will likely not dissolve on their own.  Especially if they contain solid material like teeth.

I have another post that just shows an x-ray of a dermoid cyst, in case you are a bit squeamish.   It still gives you a good idea of how these types of cysts differ from the normal, functional cyst.

Here’s an example of a dermoid cyst with hair:
dermoid ovarian cyst pictures

You can see it has hair and other materials growing inside.

Dermoid cysts have been around for a long time.  They used to be called “homunculus,”  or little men.  This is because of their monstrous appearance.  Some people even have stories of ones with eyeballs and hands, though I couldn’t find any pictures of them (sorry!)  More commonly, they contain hair and teeth.

This one kind of looks like a finger:

dermoid cyst

Just another example of interesting ovarian cyst pictures!

Pictures from Asylum Eclectica, ER Stories

What Types of Ovarian Cyst Pictures Do You Want to See?

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! 🙂