Re: Found ovarian cyst while bladder CT scan
Although I cannot address the lesions on your bladder, I CAN tell you that ovarian cysts are EXTREMELY common, even in postmenopausal women. As a matter of fact, they now believe that the rate of postmenopausal women that develop cysts on their ovaries is something between 15 and 20%, which is enormous. Did they tell you what type of ovarian cyst you have ? Is it a simple cyst which is only filled with fluid and has thin walls ? or a complex cyst with more solid components ? Simple cysts are very rarely dangerous and although complex cysts are also almost always benign, they normally want to do a biopsy on these, just to be absolutely sure (due to the solid components). Often what they do is to wait and see if the cyst disappears but since you are postmenopausal, they may want to remove it (ie. since normally postmenopausal women do not develop follicles on their ovaries .. although as I just mentioned, this version of events is slowly changing ..).
I would recommend that you read the radiologist's report to see what type of cyst you have and what he or she thinks. Radiologists are extremely good at knowing what is dangerous and what is not by a cyst's appearance on an ultrasound. This will tell you whether or not you should simply watch it or have it removed.
I hope this helps a little. Take care and try not to worry about this. Most often these cysts are completely harmless. Just to give you my story, I am a premenopausal woman, age 42, with a simple ovarian cyst that is 8 cm .. I have had it for over a year now and I go for regular ultrasounds to keep an eye on it .. it has grown very little over this time but at my last ultrasound the radiologist saw a very tiny calcification which he said often happens with cysts that have been present for a long time .. although I am concerned, I am willing to trust my doctors, who have all said that this is a harmless mucinous cyst.
All the best.