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Lena Dunham hospitalized, to undergo surgery for ruptured ovarian cyst

7 March 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Actress Lena Dunham has been hospitalized for a ruptured ovarian cyst and she will reportedly be undergoing surgery, reports say.

The 29-year-old creator and star of HBO’s “Girls” has endometriosis, which is a female reproductive disease that could leave life-threatening side effects if left untreated. It is a chronic and said to be an often painful disorder. An abnormal tissue grows outside the uterus of a woman that could lead to other complications such as fluid-filled cysts on an ovary as well as infertility.

A representative for Dunham said in a statement, “Lena Dunham has been very public with her personal bouts with endometriosis. This morning, she suffered from an ovarian cyst rupture and has been taken to the hospital. Lena will be undergoing surgery at an undisclosed hospital. We thank you for your understanding and hope that Lena's privacy will be respected.”

Dunham has also written about her disease back in November in her Lenny newsletter. And in February, she announced that she will not be doing press for the fifth season of “Girls” because of her disease. She wrote back then, "As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women's reproductive health. I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it's time to rest."

The fifth season of “Girls” has premiered last February 21. The show is scheduled for a sixth season, which is also the last of the series. It is set to air next year.