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Gynecology

Enlarged ovaries

07/16/2008

Question:

a transvaginal ultrasound showed I have enlarged ovaries,rt at 5.6 cm and the left at 6.6cm. I am 38 and the Dr. wants to perform a complete hysterectomy. What would be some causes of this? He did not mention any cysts.

Answer:

The most common cause of an enlarged ovary is a cystic or solid mass. At your age, complex cystic masses can be common and usually resolve when watched. Solid masses are never normal and should be evaluated. The size you mention is not too large and could be managed expectantly. You should ask him/her why the urgency to operate and whether or not there are some non-surgical options.

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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