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Cysts on Cervix
July 2000

Q. My daughter had cysts on her cervix. I believe they are call nabothian cysts. Could you tell me more about this condition?

A. Nabothian cysts are benign cysts of the cervix. The cysts are fluid filled structures that are not uncommon gynecologic findings on routine pelvic exam. Most women who have these cysts have more than one. They may rupture and resolve on their own. Most cause no problems and require no treatment. However, if they are large, they may need to be incised and drained. Also, if they look atypical, colposcopy with biopsy may be required. Hope this helps to alleviate your concern.

Ref: Sonography of Nabothian Cysts. AJR Am J Roentgenol 1982 May;138(5):927-30

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