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Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A ruptured ovarian cyst is a cyst that breaks open. A cyst is a sac that grows on an ovary. This sac usually contains fluid, but may sometimes have blood or tissue in it. A large cyst that ruptures may lead to problems that need immediate care. It is important to follow up with your healthcare provider to make sure your cyst went away completely with treatment.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

An IV

is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.

Medicines:

  • Pain medicine may be given. Do not wait until the pain is severe to ask for more medicine.
  • Antibiotics may be given to prevent or fight an infection caused by bacteria.

Tests:

  • Blood tests are used to check for pregnancy or an ectopic pregnancy. This is when a fertilized egg is growing in a fallopian tube instead of the womb. You may also need to have hormone levels checked. Blood tests may also be used to check for signs of an infection or tumor.
  • Ultrasound pictures may show a cyst on your ovary. For this test, an ultrasound wand is inserted into your vagina and guided up toward your uterus. This helps your healthcare provider get a close look at your ovaries.

Surgery

may be needed to remove fluid or blood in the area of the ruptured cyst. The outside of the ruptured cyst may also need to be removed.

RISKS:

A ruptured ovarian cyst can cause internal bleeding. Heavy bleeding can lead to shock from blood loss. Shock means your blood pressure dropped too low.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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