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The term "tumor" does not mean benign or malignant. It simply means the mass in the ovary is not a functional, ovulatory cyst. "Tumor" implies that the mass or "cyst" is not a normal finding. Almost always, these are removed surgically. Sometimes the ovary can be salvaged, other times it must be removed along with the tumor. In competent hands, the vast majority of these ovarian tumors can be investigated and removed by laparoscopic techniques.

These are examples of ovarian masses seen on ultrasound.

 A benign ovarian cyst

 A malignant ovarian neoplasm

 A normal ovary


 Ovarian abscess


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