Dangers of an Ovarian Cyst Rupture

An ovarian cyst rupture can be a potential threat to your life! Most ovarian cysts are benign in nature. However, there are times when an ovarian cyst can be really painful. But nothing is more painful than the feeling of a ruptured cyst. The symptoms of an ruptured cyst are often similar to symptoms of a regular cyst on the ovary.

If a cyst on the ovary isn’t detected earlier, the chances are that it can rupture. A ruptured cyst could also potentially be a serious medical complication like the infection and haemorrhage.

Below is a list of just some of the complications of an ovarian cyst rupture.

Twisted ovaries. Cysts larger than 4cm are likely to cause twisting, this is more likely to occur if the cyst is accompanied by a tumour. The problem with an ovarian twisting is that it can stop blood supply to the ovary which in turn can cause death to the ovarian tissue. Death to the ovarian tissue can impact your chances of conceiving and having a baby. Twisted ovaries can also injure the urinary tract as well as causing clotting in the ovarian blood vessels. A twisted ovary is an emergency situation, it’s important that you get immediate medical attention.

Blood leakage. A ruptured cyst can also cause leakage into the abdominal cavity. The source of blood in abdominal hemorrhages is from an organ in the abdomen. This is potentially more serious, as the volume of leaked blood is greater. The source of bleeding needs to be located and stopped.

Peritonitis, i.e. inflammation of mucous membrane. As this membrane lines the abdomen cavity, it can cause excruciating pain and in some cases the resulting complications can be life threatening.

Septic shock. Septic shock is a life-threatening condition that occurs when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level. The fall in blood pressure is a reaction to a serious bacterial infection that develops in the blood, causing an inflammatory response from the body that is known as sepsis. If sepsis is not treated, it will lead to septic shock.

Scarring i.e. adhesions. This can be a problem if it is on the ovaries. The scarring can make it difficult for the ovaries to release eggs and in turn restricting fertility.

A ruptured cyst can lead to life-threatening complications like hemorrhage and internal bleeding. To find out if you suffer from any of the symptoms or to see the treatment options available for an ovarian cyst rupture, click here.

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