What is it?

Ovarian torsion refers to a twist of the ovary around the ligaments that usually hold it in place. The ligament consists of the blood vessels that supply the ovary, so a torsion may cause necrosis and death tissue. Ovarian torsion may happen at any age, but is more common in women between the ages 20-40. Risk factors include a cyst or an ovarian mass as well as assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include pelvic pain, fever, vomiting, nausea or abnormal bleeding.


Diagnosis is based on physical examination and medical history. Further evaluation includes pelvic ultrasound.


Treatment for ovarian torsion is an urgent surgery.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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