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January 11, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(2):114-115. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.92770020001009

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This case is reported as being of interest because of the extremely rapid genesis—six months—of a huge ovarian cyst. In the collapsed state it measured 15 by 15 by 6 cm., but it was so distended that it filled the entire abdomen and contained 15½ quarts (liters) of clear, straw-colored fluid.

Six months before the operation, the patient underwent a normal delivery. Labor was of short duration and easy of accomplishment. Instruments were not used. During the course of her pregnancy she was well attended by a competent obstetrician and at no time were any complications or abnormalities noted. There is therefore every reason to believe that the patient did not have a large ovarian cyst during pregnancy and certainly not during labor. Moreover, the abdomen, post partum, returned to a normal size and was not noticeably distended until two weeks later. Consequently it

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