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Ovarian Torsion Overview

What is ovarian torsion?
A woman with ovarian torsion has an ovary that has become twisted, which cuts off the blood supply to the ovary. Ovarian torsion is a rare cause of severe lower abdominal pain. Ovarian torsion can occur at any age, but most cases occur in women under the age of 30. Conditions that can trigger ovarian torsion include pregnancy, ovarian tumors, and past pelvic surgery.

What are the symptoms of ovarian torsion?
Symptoms of ovarian torsion include sudden onset of severe lower abdominal pain on one side of the abdomen. Additional symptoms of ovarian torsion include nausea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal tenderness.

How does the doctor treat ovarian torsion?
The treatment for ovarian torsion includes laparoscopic surgery to relieve the ovarian torsion, or to remove an ovary that is damaged by the lack of blood supply.

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Last Updated: Oct 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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