July 29, 2015
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Cyst (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of a cyst?

The prognosis of a cyst depends upon its underlying cause and sometimes on its size. The majority of cysts are small and benign; they require no treatment and have a good prognosis. However, cysts that are associated with infective agents or contain malignant cells or are so large they interfere with normal body functions have a more guarded prognosis. Some benign but large cysts may have a fair to good prognosis but may require surgery or aspiration to reduce or eliminate symptoms.

Is it possible to prevent a cyst?

Most cysts are not preventable; however, if an underlying cause of a cyst is prevented, then the resultant cyst may also be prevented (for example, cysts due to infectious agents).

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Helm, C. William. "Ovarian Cysts." Medscape.com. Feb. 13, 2015. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/255865-overview>.

United States. Womenshealth.gov. "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Fact Sheet." Dec. 23, 2014.<http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/polycystic-ovary-syndrome.html>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/28/2015

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/cyst/article.htm

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