Many women may have a pelvic mass at some time in their lives. Most are benign conditions. But because many disorders can lead to a formation of a pelvic mass, it is important that the cause be diagnosed and an appropriate treatment plan be determined.
Diagnosis and treatment of pelvic masses in childhood and adolescence is a complex process requiring specialized techniques by doctors experienced in treating conditions of girls and young women.
Not all pelvic masses produce symptoms. But the most common symptoms can include:
Your doctor will do a physical exam of your child, including a pelvic exam, and will ask about your family history and your child’s symptoms. Additional tests may include:
A pelvic mass can have a variety of causes depending on the type of mass it is.
Once the cause of the mass is identified, your doctor will determine an appropriate treatment plan based on the nature of the mass, its size and position within the pelvis, symptoms, age of your child and risk factors. Special care is taken to preserve your child’s ability to have children, whenever possible.
Although medical management is possible for treating many types of pelvic masses, surgery often provides the highest success rates. If cancer is detected, treatment may include surgery alone, or a combination of surgery and chemotherapy.
Most pelvic masses in girls are benign conditions, but early diagnosis is critical for recovery. With proper treatment, many girls with pelvic masses can recover well.