Ovarian Tumors | Symptoms & Causes

What are the symptoms of ovarian tumors?

Ovarian tumors sometimes don't produce symptoms, or their symptoms depend on the size and location of the growth. Keep in mind that the symptoms of an ovarian tumor may resemble other more common conditions or medical problems. It is important to consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

Ovarian tumor symptoms may include:

  • feeling of pressure or fullness in the abdomen or pelvis
  • firm, painless swelling in the lower abdomen
  • frequent urination or retention of urine
  • persistent abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Among children younger than 8, an ovarian tumor or cyst may cause secretions of estrogen, producing:

  • breast enlargement
  • pubic hair
  • vaginal discharge or bleeding
  • abnormal menstrual bleeding

What causes ovarian tumors?

Doctors do not completely understand the cause of most ovarian tumors. There’s nothing that could have been done or avoided doing that would have prevented the tumor from developing. It’s important to understand that these and other tumors most often occur with no known cause.