Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Indulge Me

[You can skip this post if "blood and guts" aren't your cup of tea.]

The human body is [WARNING, graphic pic] awesome. The picture is not clear enough, but the article mentions it's a 66-pound non-cancerous ovarian cyst [could be a serous cystadenoma (a benign cyst), or maybe a teratoma or dermoid cyst (mostly benign cyst)].

Dermoid cysts are just cool [WARNING, all links are graphic]:

uterus with dermoid, and fibroids

fatso dermoid

toothy dermoid (blue arrow)

X-ray of 4 teeth inside a dermoid

hairy dermoid

serous cystadenoma

Review of ovarian cysts (medspeak, but a good article)

(via Drudge)


At 7:14 AM, Blogger bitchphd said...

You know, thank you. My sister-in-law had a teratoma and stayed with me during her recovery. But she forbad me from going to look at it in pathology, b/c the idea upset her, and I was just dying ot know what it looked like...

At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, if you have pain in your lower right abdominal area, get it checked out! I just had a 6cm Serous Cystadenoma cyst removed two weeks ago! Ewe...and though benign (they say) they can turn cancerous.

At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just had 2 removed on Friday 8/4/06. I feel OK as it was lathroscopic surgery. A little sore in the belly but OK! I had no pain and no idea they were there though they were bigger than a golf ball!They were discovered during a scan to ck my bladder and kidneys due to blood in my urine. I had regular gyno visits but get a yearly ck up, mammo too! I lost one ovary but the other is OK.

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was experiencing pain in the right lower quadrant of my abdomin. The pain started getting worse it began radiating down my leg and up my back. It was horrific it got so bad I couldn't stand to stretch my leg out. To top it all off I was 11 weeks pregnant at the time. But my doctor said it was absolutely necessary to have exploritory surgery. Well it turned out with the weight of the dermoid cyst (which contained only hair) and the growth of my uterus caused my ovary to twist and cut off its blood supply. The doctor opted to remove my right ovary which was 8cm. During all this I was told I might lose my baby but I am glad to inform everyone that I had a beautiful baby boy.

At 5:50 AM, Anonymous Louise Chamberlain said...

I had a dermoid cyst tumour removed from my right lung when I was 21 years' of age (I'm now 38 year's of age) - I love having had the whole experience of it now and even had an 'OBE' caused by the medication I was on at time - it was another wonderful experience. Having faced death in the face many times in my life and surviving to tell the stories, I know my life is to be cherished really as much as is humanly possible. I want to thank everyone at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool, England who looked after me (wonderful staff, and everyone else that knows, loves/hates me (I don't care which way you all perceive me).

Louise Chamberlain-Edge
current NHS Medical Secretary:-)


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