Dr. Manny: Can ovarian cysts have hair, teeth and skin?

April 23, 2015 5:58 PM

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Dr. Manny: Can ovarian cysts have hair, teeth and skin?

One of the most common types of ovarian cysts that we see in young women is the dermoid cyst. These cysts form from very early on, as the ovaries of a young girl begin to evolve. Dermoid cysts are benign, but they do contain totipotential germ cells, which are ovarian cells that have all the characteristics to mature into any type of tissue.

Women typically become aware of the presence of these tumors in their 30s, and having performed many surgeries on them I can tell you that they have unique characteristics. On an ultrasound, you can see multi-layer cystic structures consisting of fluid and bright, solid areas. When you operate on th...

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