Simple adnexal cysts: SRU consensus conference update on follow-up and reporting

Deborah Levine, Maitray D. Patel, Elizabeth J. Suh-Burgmann, Rochelle F. Andreotti, Beryl R. Benacerraf, Carol B. Benson, Wendy R. Brewster, Beverly G. Coleman, Peter M. Doubilet, Steven R. Goldstein, Ulrike M. Hamper, Jonathan L. Hecht, Mindy M. Horrow, Hye Chun Hur, Mary L. Marnach, Ed Pavlik, Lawrence D. Platt, Elizabeth Puscheck, Rebecca Smith-Bindman, Douglas L. Brown

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This multidisciplinary consensus update aligns prior Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) guidelines on simple adnexal cysts with recent large studies showing exceptionally low risk of cancer associated with simple adnexal cysts. Most small simple cysts do not require follow-up. For larger simple cysts or less well-characterized cysts, follow-up or second opinion US help to ensure that solid elements are not missed and are also useful for assessing growth of benign tumors. In postmenopausal women, reporting of simple cysts greater than 1 cm should be done to document their presence in the medical record, but such findings are common and follow-up is recommended only for simple cysts greater than 3–5 cm, with the higher 5-cm threshold reserved for simple cysts with excellent imaging characterization and documentation. For simple cysts in premenopausal women, these thresholds are 3 cm for reporting and greater than 5–7 cm for follow-up imaging. If a cyst is at least 10%–15% smaller at any time, then further follow-up is unnecessary. Stable simple cysts at initial follow-up may benefit from a follow-up at 2 years due to measurement variability that could mask growth. Simple cysts that grow are likely cystadenomas. If a previously suspected simple cyst demonstrates papillary projections or solid areas at follow-up, then the cyst should be described by using standardized terminology. These updated SRU consensus recommendations apply to asymptomatic patients and to those whose symptoms are not clearly attributable to the cyst. These recommendations can reassure physicians and patients regarding the benign nature of simple adnexal cysts after a diagnostic-quality US examination that allows for confident diagnosis of a simple cyst. Patients will benefit from less costly follow-up, less anxiety related to these simple cysts, and less surgery for benign lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-371
Number of pages13
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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