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Ovarian cyst in abdomen. Artwork of a large ovarian cyst (centre left) in a dissected human abdomen, seen from above. The uterus (centre) and the ovaries are part of the female reproductive system. The fallopian tubes lead to the two ovaries. The ovary at right is not swollen, and is much smaller than the ovary at left, which is swollen due to the presence of the cyst. The cyst can be a normal part of the ovulation cycle, or an abnormal occurrence. A non-functional cyst can be benign, but in rare cases can be cancerous and surgery may be required. Other organs shown include the intestines (lower right and left).
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