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Is there an alternative treatment to reduce or prevent growth of an ovarian dermoid cyst/teratoma or is surgery the only option.


Posted by mand

 
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Hi mand,

 I recently had ovarian dermoid cysts removed, and I recall when meeting the physician they told me that dermoid cysts do have to be removed. Unlike "watery" ovarian cysts (like those you see in poly cystic ovarian syndrome) these dermoid cysts are very different, and are more similar to benign tumours that will keep on growing indefinitely (with dermoid tissue/hair/teeth/etc inside). I found this website by the National Library of Medicine that does a nice job of summarizing ovarian cysts (this might be too basic for your purposes), and it might be useful http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/ovariancysts/htm/lesson.htm 

 I hope things work out for you!

Angela

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