However, chase this term around the net and BINGO! There are all kinds of peope talking about this possibility, not least on this blog.
Here is one such:
Dermoid Cysts on Ovaries: Your Lost TwinEveryone knows that cysts are normal (sometimes abnormal) masses that grow inside the body. Most of them sort themselves out in the long run, while others need a bit more persuasion. There are some cysts, however, like dermoid cysts on ovaries, that seem like characters straight out of a Stephen King novel, or an Alfred Hitchcock movie, if you will.
The Stranger Within
In medicine, a theory has been postulated that about as much as eighty per cent of the population start out as twins. During the developmental stage of these fetuses, one fetus overcomes and absorbs the smaller and weaker twin. In most cases, the weaker twin is fully absorbed in the developing stronger twin. In some, the “absorbed twin” somehow continues to develop in the “absorbing twin” in bits and pieces and in whatever part of the body that he/she has been absorbed to. These growths are then called dermoid cysts, and may grow anywhere from a person’s brain, to the inside of the leg muscles, and even in the ovaries.
Dermoid cysts on ovaries may not be aliens from outer space, but they are aliens to your body. Dermoid cysts on ovaries, more often than not, turn out to be something to be scared about. Dermoid cysts are cysts with a solid interior which contain mature tissue that may include skin complete with hair follicles, hair, sebum, blood, fat, nails, teeth, cartilage, eyes, and other tissues. Suffice to say, having dermoid cysts on ovaries is eerily like having parts of another person in your ovaries.
The Stranger May Be Hostile
The good news is dermoid cysts on ovaries, like in many cases of dermoid cysts, are usually benign. Once dermoid cysts on ovaries are detected, however, the usual course of action – regardless if it is, in fact, benign – would be to remove the cysts immediately. Dermoid cysts on ovaries, though very rarely cancerous, may become of such size that they are painful and obstructive to other organs, as well as have the possibility of rupturing or twisting in itself. It goes without saying that these possibilities make dermoid cysts on ovaries dangerous.
The removal of dermoid cysts on ovaries during pregnancy is still under debate, however, with the balance of the life of the fetus and the possibility of malignancy on opposing sides of the scale. Dermoid cysts on ovaries also present many dangers to the developing fetus, such as pressure, pre-term labor, or even abortion. Should the size go beyond 6 centimeters in diameter and the classification (benign or malignant/cancerous) of the dermoid cyst on ovaries conclude in the necessity of its removal, the entire cyst should be removed right away as this type of cyst has a tendency to recur.
Surgery is preferably done during the fourth to the sixth month (second trimester) of pregnancy. Removal of dermoid cysts on ovaries may be done through laparotomy (open surgery) or the less invasive laparoscopy (small incision). These have generally led to successful deliveries after the surgery.This raises an important question: if a dermoid cyst is an absorbed twin and if that twin had different DNA that could trigger an immune system reaction. If its an identical twin perhaps the immune reaction is absent or minimal at worst. Does that explain why only some of these cysts are cancerous?
Is there a link between demoid cysts and cancerous tumours? There does seem to be. Are the experts asking the right questions here?
What do you think?