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Slightly enlarged left ovary

12/07/2007

Question:

My doctor felt a slightly enlarged ovary during my last visit. He immediately did a TVS (ultrasound)and seemed to find no apparent reason for the enlargement. I have 2 questions: would a TVS definitely show the difference between normal ovarian tissue and a tumor or cyst? And, if it did not show either of those, what else could cause the ovary to be slightly enlarged?

Answer:

A TVUS can detect a solid or cystic enlargement of the ovary. It can't usually tell the cause or whether or not it is cancerous. If it looks like normal ovarian tissue and is enlarged, then it is probably normal, just enlarged. Slightly enlarged just means it is a bit larger than the average. That doesn't mean it is abnormal.

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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