Stomach Cyst

What Is A Stomach Cyst?

A stomach cyst is an overgrowth of cells on a tissue such as an organ or gland. They are usually small in size but can become large. They are sacs or lumps and they contain either a solid or fluid mass. When they are fully formed they can detach themselves and move around until they become lodged in the tissues surrounding the organs. Most of the time these cysts are not dangerous and are benign and not malignant. But they could also be a sign of a problem or other underlining disease with in the body.


One of the most common types of stomach cysts is an ovarian cyst. They are small fluid filled sacs that form on the ovaries. Although the may become painful if they grow to be large, they usually have little or no symptoms. During menstruation the ovulation process can be flawed. The egg may become blocked in the closed off follicle and this may result in a sac filled with fluid. Many times these types of cysts can go away on their own and no further medical help is needed. But if they become too large they can rupture and break so they may need to be surgically removed. Symptoms of ovarian cysts are pain during periods, uncomfortable bowel movements and pain during sex.

Another stomach cyst that affects the abdominal area is called a Choledochal cyst. This type of cyst forms in the bile duct and they are always a birth deformity. Most cases of choledochal cysts are found mainly in Japan and affect women more than men. They block the bile and have a negative affect on the liver. This can cause a bloated stomach, pain around the liver area, jaundice and nausea. If a child is showing these symptoms he has a better chance or overcoming the problem. The earlier the detection of this condition, the less likely the person will suffer from it. But if left undetected, the liver can hold large amounts of bile and the bile can actually end up weighing as much or more than the liver. People who suffer with this type of stomach cyst are more likely to get gallbladder cancer, but this condition can be corrected with surgery.

Omental cysts are a stomach cyst that can be found in small or preadolescence children. They may be undetected for a long period of time because they cannot be diagnosed without an x ray and not found for many years. The symptoms may include a distention or a lump on the abdominal area and sensitivity and pain at the site. The bowel can also become blocked. An omental stomach cyst can be corrected through surgery. It can be removed and the blocked bowel can also be repaired. These types of cysts are thought to be a miss communication with the body and the lymph system.

Mesenteric cysts also affect the stomach area and they too are thought to be the direct result of a malfunctioning lymphatic system. The gastrointestinal tract and the rectum can be affected as well as any other organ like the bladder or liver. The symptoms include a distended stomach or mass any where on the abdominal area. This condition can be corrected with surgery but only a small amount of people actually get a mesenteric cyst.

Newborn infants can be born with a fetal abdominal cyst. They are most likely to affect females and many babies are born with this condition because of the high hormone levels of the mother. Most of the time, these cysts dissipate by themselves but in rare cases surgery has to be done because they are cutting off blood circulation.