Ultrasound-guided aspiration for relief of pain generated by simple ovarian cysts

Benjamin Caspi, Yaron Zalel, Samuel Lurie*, Uriel Elchlal, Zvi Katz

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Over a 2-year period, ultrasound-guided aspiration of painful, presumptively benign ovarian cysts was performed in 18 women <40 years old. Aspiration was performed either transvaginal^ (12 patients) or transabdominally (6 patients) depending on the cyst location. Neither anaesthesia nor analgesia were used, and all patients had immediate pain relief, and escaped immediate surgical intervention. None had complications or evidence of malignant cells on cytologic examination, and all were discharged within 24 h of the procedure. The recurrence rate within 1 year of the procedure was 11.1%. The procedure appeared to be a good and safe alternative to surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-122
Number of pages2
JournalGynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Ovarian cyst
  • Ultrasound


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