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Posted by: Nic | 2010/11/25

Ultrasound

Hi, I recently saw my gynae again a second time in 3 months as I am having some odd feelings about my gynae health..... first appt he did a full pelvic, blood tests, pap smears etc. etc. as I had not seen a gynae in a while. All was 100%. I saw him again on Monday as I had a bladder infection that is still causing me pain (like spasms) and he suggested an ultrasound to put my mind at rest .....the lady or technician that did it spoke me through every organ she scanned (even kidneys, liver, bladder including all female parts)...she said everything was perfect. I have recently read about fallopian tube cancer (although very rare I understand) and would like to know if she would have picked up anything on sonar with the tubes or dont they look for this (I dont recall her mentioning them)?...she said that all looked so good I could have another baby if I wanted to. Do even small tumours (like 1cm ones) get picked up if they were anywhere to be seen? She was talking about small follicles on the ovary because I''m of child-bearing age (34) - how do they know these are small follicles and not small growths? Would a transvaginal ultrasound be better as this was a normal one with a thing sweeping my tummy??

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Very small tumours could not be picked up on scan but, as you say Fallopian tube cancer is extremely rare, and more so at a young age. Follicles have a typical appearance and can be distinguished from growths on scan. If everything is seen clearly on abdominal scan, a vaginal scan is n't necessary.

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Posted by: gynaedoc | 2010/11/26

Very small tumours could not be picked up on scan but, as you say Fallopian tube cancer is extremely rare, and more so at a young age. Follicles have a typical appearance and can be distinguished from growths on scan. If everything is seen clearly on abdominal scan, a vaginal scan is n't necessary.

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