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How do ovarian germ cell tumors affect the body?

Ovarian germ cell tumors enlarge more quickly than many non-germ cell ovarian tumors. This rapid growth leads to stretching of the capsule that surrounds the ovary, bleeding, or even tissue death. This can cause pain in the region of your pelvis. Also, you may experience constipation if the tumor exerts pressure on your colon or rectum. Finally, the enlarged ovary may twist, leading to sudden onset severe abdominal pain that may be misdiagnosed as appendicitis.

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Are ovarian germ cell tumors serious?
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Ovarian germ cell tumors can be serious, particularly when they are not diagnosed and treated early....
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Are there different types of ovarian germ cell tumors?
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Yes, there are several different types of ovarian germ cell tumors. Dysgerminomas account for 35-50 ...
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What is the rate of incidence of ovarian germ cell tumors?
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The age adjusted rate of incidence of ovarian germ cell tumors is 0.41 per 100,000. Dysgerminomas ar...
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What is an ovarian germ cell tumor?
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Ovarian germ cell tumors form when germ cells in the ovary become abnormal and begin to grow and div...
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