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How are ovarian germ cell tumors diagnosed?

When diagnosing an ovarian germ cell tumor, the doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history. Then, you will likely have a pelvic exam so that the doctor can more closely examine your genitalia and pelvic organs. Ultrasound or computed tomography (CT) allow for visualization of your uterus, ovaries, and other pelvic and abdominal organs. Ovarian germ cell tumors can spread to your lymph nodes, so the doctor may choose to do a test called a lymphangiogram. During this test, the doctor will take x-ray pictures while allowing dye to travel through the vessels and nodes that compose your lymphatic system. Any blockages in the flow of the dye may reflect cancerous spread. The doctor may also investigate your ovaries and other pelvic organs by performing surgery. Finally, the doctor can test your blood for the presence of tumor markers, proteins released from cancerous cells.

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Are there different types of ovarian germ cell tumors?
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What is an ovarian germ cell tumor?
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