North South North West Statewide
All referrals should comply with referral standards and include in particular:
- Details of diagnosis – incidental finding or symptomatic
- Details of any symptoms – pain/cyclical pain/dysmenorrhoea
- Menstrual history – regular/irregular/changes
- Gastrointestinal symptoms – note ovarian torsion or cancer can present as this
- Age of patient – greater cancer risk in pre-pubertal and post-menopausal patients
- Urinary symptoms
- Include full details of any examination and ultrasound findings
- Pelvic ultrasound – preferably by experienced gynaecological ultrasonographer
- Tumour markers (CA 125, Ca 19.3, AFP, CEA, hCG, LDH, Inhibin) – when suspicious on ultrasound
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Gynaecology clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
For simple (non-suspicious) cysts <4cm – repeat ultrasound after menstrual period if applicable.
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Urgent / category 1
Ovarian cysts associated with persistent or colicky pain, weight loss, anaemia, ascites
Irregularly contoured mass on abdominal or pelvic examination
Routine / category 3
Asymptomatic ovarian cysts
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.
Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120 Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6173 0489
Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.
We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.
Will be seen in turn.