Can you die from having a cyst?
Some cysts are cancerous and early treatment is vital. If left untreated, benign cysts can cause serious complications including: Infection – the cyst fills with bacteria and pus, and becomes an abscess. If the abscess bursts inside the body, there is a risk of blood poisoning (septicaemia).
A normal ovary is about 2 x 3 cm (almond sized). A follicular ovarian cyst, if the egg is not ejected and the amount of fluid continues to increase, can reach sizes of up to 10 cm. Fortunately most follicular cysts are smaller and will resolve within one to three months.
- Updated 17 May 2016. An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops in the ovary and usually disappears after ovulation. Most ovarian cysts don't cause any problems and go away on their own. Sometimes ovarian cysts will cause pain from bleeding or twisting.
- A simple breast cyst, on the other hand, only contains clear fluid. So, usually a complex cyst of the breast indicates close follow-up and sometimes a biopsy. There is a very very small chance that a complex breast cyst could be associated with malignant breast cancer, so they merit a higher degree of scrutiny.
- The normal adult ovary: measures approximately 3-5 cm in length, 1.5-3 cm in width, and 0.5-1.5 cm in thickness (length X width X thickness X 0.523 = approximate volume in cc).
Updated: 6th December 2019