Prior to the widespread use of prenatal ultrasonography, neonatal ovarian cysts and associated complications were the subject of only occasional case reports of cysts large enough to be detected on physical examination. In the past 15 years, prenatal ultrasonography has greatly increased the detection of these cysts. The purpose of this report is to alert pediatricians to the clinical spectrum of neonatal ovarian cysts and to the various diagnostic and management strategies employed to prevent complications. There are many recent papers on this topic in the surgical, obstetrical, and radiological literature but, to our knowledge, this is the first report in the US pediatric literature in the past 9 years.1
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