Sonographically guided aspiration of ovarian cyst with simple appearance

Benjamin Caspi, Reinaldo Goldchmit*, Yaron Zalel, Zvi Appelman, Vaclav Insler

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of sonographically guided aspiration of simple ovarian cysts. During the period from 1985 through 1992, 107 ultrasonographically guided punctures of apparently simple ovarian cysts were performed. The group included 76 premenopausal and 31 postmenopausal women who were followed for 1 to 6 years (mean, 2.7 years) after initial cyst puncture. In 42 cases, cyst aspiration constituted the definitive therapy. In 65 cases the cyst recurred and in this group, 38 women (with complete recurrence) were operated on whereas 27 women with a cyst less than 5 cm (incomplete recurrence) were allocated to a follow-up group. Overall, in 69 cases (65%) surgery was avoided. No major complications were encountered. In our experience, aspiration of simple ovarian cysts is a suitable alternative in the management of this problem. Close follow-up is necessary to detect recurrence and perform surgical intervention when indicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-300
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Cysts, aspiration
  • Ovary, cysts
  • Ultrasonographically guided puncture


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