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    Default Who can tell me about Dermoid Cysts?

    Someone in my close family has been diagnosed with one, and is going to have to have it removed surgically.
    I myself have never heard of it before.
    This person is not TTC, nor have they ever been, and from the small amount I have read, alot of people find out about them when getting scanned for pregnancies or TTC issues??

    Would love to know as much as I can.
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    Hi hun, I think the cyst I had was a bit different. I don't think it will affect TTC though.
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    I have a dermoid cyst which i will have surgically removed in the near future. Dermoid cysts are cysts that contain hair,teeth,fat and are hard...unlike other cysts they don't go away by themselves and need to be surgically removed, which is usually done via key hole.

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    Thanks for your replies... anyone else?

    From what I have read, it's called a cyst and is a benign tumour, but the specialist my SIL saw said it wasn't a cyst or a tumour, just a dermoid?? That doesn't sound right to me.
    She doesn't even know a single thing about the surgery or anything... they've just said, it's a 2.8cm dermoid that has to be removed surgically.... go and make an appt with someone at the hospital.
    I'd be pretty upset and confused if it was me and I have a tiny bit of knowledge.

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    My son has just been diagnosed with a dermoid cyst- 7mm. It is on his head, and actually sits in the skull. We need to see a neurologist soon. I am told that it is not urgent or likely to cause any problems at this stage. I hope your family member can find more answers.

    Westy- I was interested to read your post. Where is your cyst located? (don't answer if you don't feel comfortable). Have you had it since birth? We noticed my son's cyst at birth and it has grown bigger as his skull has grown.

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    I had one on my right ovary removed when I was 18. It was benign and the Gynae called is a Dermoid cystic-tumour. He did not do keyhole surgery but cut me in a caezar cut but it was 16 years ago. I went on to have 2 children.

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    Default adenomyosis - what, where, how?

    sorry, meant to create a new post
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    i had a dermoid cyst on my right ovary, found during pregnancy through u/s. had had considerable abdominal pain for about 3 yrs which went undiagnosed after ongoing tests. the cyst was removed during emergency c/s and was sent for testing, it was benign and ob advised they rarely are cancerous, rarely affect ttc, but can cause pain, in some cases they dont cause pain, but usually do. she said it was nothing to be concerned about but if they are left for long periods of time they have a higher risk of becoming cancerous and are better off removed. it did stop the pain for about 6 months, then the pain returned at which point u/s was done to see if it had returned but it hadn't. pain has now gone again.

    i hope everything goes well for your sil

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    they are called dermoid cysts or dermoid tumors and I had one removed from my right ovary in 2007. It was the size of a grapefruit but my excellent doctor managed to disentangle it and save my ovary.

    it was found by my gp who had had one and given the size, was pretty easy to feel in my tummy.... apparently. it was during a routine smear test and explained a lot of belly pain I had had off and on in the years before hand.

    it was key hole surgery like when you have your appendix out (so a small cut in my belly button, one on my side and a longer c-sect sort cut along the pubic line where they pull the sucker out after they've 'bagged it').

    I was told 6 week recovery (like a c-sect) but for me it was more like 8 weeks. she'll go under a general anasethtic and be in hospital for a few days. She'll get a great pair of teddy compression tights for her legs to wear for the surgery and after.

    they sent a biopsy of it away just to check it wasn't cancerous... it wasn't. like someone else said generally they aren't malignant but they still check them. I was given my operation within 2 weeks of finding it as there was a risk it could rupture and that would have been very very bad I was told and could have lead to some serious issues for me and having babies.

    I had a difficult recovery but one of my friends has the same op and was out drinking a week later! go figure.

    hth

    ps it was not the reason we needed IVF to have kids.
    Last edited by grub17; February 8th, 2011 at 09:20 PM. Reason: extra info

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