The epithelium lining the cyst is columnar.
The nuclei are dark, basal, and lack mitotic activity or prominent nucleoli.
The cytoplasm contains mucin.
The cell borders are well demarcated.
derives from germinal (surface) epithelium
epithelium pinched off into ovarian stroma
following rupture of follicle
may undergo metaplasia and secretion
reproductive age women
symptoms of heaviness or pressure if large
cured with surgical cystectomy
|General Gross Description|
may achieve enormous size
smooth external surface
unilocular cyst or one with few septae
contains clear, yellow, slimy fluid
smooth, thin lining
|General Micro Description|
columnar epithelium with mucin containing
usually identical to endocervical or intestinal epithelium
Cotran RS, Kumar V, Robbins SL: Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease. 5th ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1994, pp. 1066-8.