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"During the current COVID-19 crisis North West Gynaecology consultants are supporting the NHS and have had to reduce their private work due to NHS commitments. We are still able to offer consultations for existing patients if required, and depending on the degree of urgency, some new consultations, although this may need to be by telephone or video. Please contact our administration team to enquire about this"

Ovarian Cysts

These are a common finding on ultrasound scan.  Some women may have had an ultrasound for a specific reason such as pain, or they may have been found incidentally whilst having a scan for an unconnected reason.  Ovarian cysts can sometimes cause pain or swelling in the lower abdomen.

Occasionally, some bleeding or twisting (torsion) of the cyst can occur which may cause more severe pain.  Most cysts are benign, and the ultrasound gives a good indication of this.  If a cyst is benign appearing and small, it can often be left alone and kept under observation with a repeat scan after a few weeks or months.  If the cyst is causing possible symptoms, then removal may be recommended.  This can usually be done safely with laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.  Sometimes a blood test may help in deciding whether surgery is necessary or not (known as a CA125).  This blood test can be raised for a variety of reasons, one of which is ovarian cancer.  However, many benign conditions can also cause a rise in the blood test.

Please follow this link for patient information about ovarian cysts in pre-menopausal women: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/ovarian-cysts-before-the-menopause/

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