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Calcified ovarian tumors

10/27/2003

Question:

last year, when i was eighteen, a grapefruit sized tumor was found in my left ovary. my ovary, rendered useless, was removed with the benign, calcified tumor. during surgery another calcified, benign tumor was found in my right ovary. the pea-sized tumor was removed with the ovary left in tact. is there anything i can do to prevent these tumors and what medical follow-up should i have?

Answer:

You should undergo a pelvic exam every year and consider regular ultrasounds per your doctor`s request. There is evidence that taking oral contraceptives may reduce the risk of some types of ovarian masses/cysts. These should also be considered, or at least not excluded when you are considering contraception. 

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Response by:

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated