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Doctor insights on: What Causes Ovarian Torsion

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What causes ovarian torsion?

What causes ovarian torsion?

An unbalanced ovary: Often times if an ovary or fallopian tube are unbalanced due to a cyst in either structure, the ovary or tube can twist on its blood supply, causing ovarian torsion. This can be detected with a pelvic ultrasound. Ovarian torsion usually occurs with abdominal and pelvic pain. ...Read more

Dr. Yonatan Mahller
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Ovarian Torsion (Definition)

Ovarian torsion is a condition in which a woman's ovary twists upon its arterial supply, thus depriving it of oxygenated blood. Untreated, this will cause pain and may lead to loss of the ovary. This condition is managed ...Read more


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Does ovarian torsion usually cause many symptoms?

Does ovarian torsion usually cause many symptoms?

Here are some ...: The intensity and pattern of symptoms related with ovarian torsion may widely vary depending on the timing and degree of torsion, ranging from mild intermittent pain with nausea to excruciating pain with vomiting... Professional alertness & keenness is the key to timely spot and treat ovarian torsion. More? Seek timely professional attention and counseling. ...Read more

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What is ovarian torsion?

What is ovarian torsion?

Twisted ovary: Torsion means twisting. Very rarely, an ovary can twist about on its base. It causes very severe pain, and you would definitely seek medical help for this. The same sort of thing happens in males involving the testicle, and it is not uncommon. But in females, it is a pretty rare condition. ...Read more

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Is my ovarian torsion fixing itself?

Is my ovarian torsion fixing itself?

May be...: A twisted ovary may untwist itself just like that happening to testicles. Its diagnosis is hard, but largely based on doc's alert and professional keenness to reveal its unique clinical pictures: highly variable onset, intensity, duration, and interval, of recurrent pain over time, usually years; of course, one has to rule out common intrapelvic disorders. So, see and ask doc timely. Good luck... ...Read more

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Can an ovarian torsion correct itself?

Can an ovarian torsion correct itself?

Possible but..: Possibly, an ovarian may twist with its recurrent spontaneous untwisting, similar to that scenario in testes. But, testicular torsion with recurrent spontaneous detorsion is somewhat easier to assess than the ovarian counterpart. However, professional alertness + timely analysis the detailed Hx of onset, degree, duration, and interval of pain remain the key to suspecting its Dx. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of ovarian torsion?

What are the most common symptoms of ovarian torsion?

Pain: Severe pain sudden onset and intense seek medical atttention emergentlyquick surgical intervention is the only way to save the ovary in these circumstances. Keep in mind any sudden severe abdominal or pelc pain should be evaluated immediately. Rupture of intestine or stomach or a tubal pregnancy can be life threatening. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ovarian torsion?

What is the definition or description of: ovarian torsion?

Definition: Ovarian torsion is a condition in which a woman's ovary twists upon its arterial supply, thus depriving it of oxygenated blood. Untreated, this will cause pain and may lead to loss of the ovary. This condition is managed surgically by a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Can ovarian torsion make you sterile?

Can ovarian torsion make you sterile?

Here are some ...: Ovarian torsion leading to the loss of the affected ovary will negatively impact the odd to conceive, which is similar to that after testicular torsion in men, but the studies on ovarian torsion have been not as thorough as that for testes due to their difference in accessibility with ovaries being inside and testes being outside. ...Read more

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Details about twisted ovary. Is that ovarian torsion?

Details about twisted ovary. Is that ovarian torsion?

Pain severity?: Many patients with twisted ovaries note that the pain makes it difficult to "laugh, talk, walk, breathe, or be touched in the abdomen". Ruptured cyst patients note a "moment of severe pain" which often passes after a few hours. A twised ovary requires immediate surgery 100% of the time and a ruptured cyst often does not. Ovarian torsion and twisted ovary are the same. ...Read more

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I'm curious what occurs after you have an operation for an ovarian torsion?

I'm curious what occurs after you have an operation for an ovarian torsion?

Mild discomfort: Usually procedure is done laparoscopically. The torsed overy may have to be removed due its demised. The ovary usually dies when torsed due to lack of blood supply. Fertility should be unaffected if the opposite ovary is normal. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ovarian torsion and rupture? Is it the same thing?

What is the difference between ovarian torsion and rupture? Is it the same thing?

Not the same: Ovarian torsion caused by twisting on blood vessels & usually fallopian tube cutting off blood supply to ovary. Partial cause could be ovarian cyst. Can be diagnosed by ultrasound & corrected laparoscopically. Ovarian rupture is ruptured corpus luteum cyst, also very painful. Possible internal hemorrhage. Temporize if minor not is severe. Both t&r conditons present with abdominal pain & vomiting. ...Read more

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Will ovarian torsion happen even after laparascopy? What are measures to be taken to avoid them?

Will ovarian torsion happen even after laparascopy? What are measures to be taken to avoid them?

Torsion of the ovary: Is an uncommon complication of ovarian cysts. Vigorous activity should be avoided as a precaution. Laparoscopy has no effect on torsion unless of course the cyst is drained or the ovary is removed. Most of the time ovarian cysts resolve without intervention. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with ovarian torsion?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with ovarian torsion?

No, It is rare: This is a very rare condition. I've only seen it once in 20 years. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ovarian torsion and rupture? D cyst

Pain severity?: Many patients with twisted ovaries note that the pain makes it difficult to "laugh, talk, walk, breathe, or be touched in the abdomen". Ruptured cyst patients note a "moment of severe pain" which often passes after a few hours. A twised ovary requires immediate surgery 100% of the time and a ruptured cyst often does not. ...Read more

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I had an ovarian torsion that enlarged the ovary to just over 11cm x 9cm and had to have that ovary removed. What hormonal side effects might I see?

None: As long as you have the other ovary functioning appropriately things should go fine until you are older and go thru menopause. ...Read more

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Had an ovarian torsion because of a large cyst. Ovary removed. What are the chances of this happening again. I have some pains in and around incision.

Had an ovarian torsion because of a large cyst. Ovary removed. What are the chances of this happening again. I have some pains in and around incision.

Not possible ...: If the whole ovary is removed, there should be no recurrence on the same side, but not preclude a similar occurrence on the opposite. Post-surgical pain at incision may linger for a highly variable duration, and occasionally, such pain may stay... For detail, ask surgeon timely. ...Read more

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Pain in lower right quadrant, had ovarian torsion last year. Is this a fantom (my brain is making it up) pain or is this real? Please help!

Pain in lower right quadrant, had ovarian torsion last year.  Is this a fantom (my brain is making it up) pain or is this real?  Please help!

Unlikely : It is unlikely to b fantom pain. Need to see ur doctor to figure it out. If pain is severe, need to go to er. ...Read more

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Call you tell the difference between a ruptured ovarian cyst and an ovarian torsion?

Call you tell the difference between a ruptured ovarian cyst and an ovarian torsion?

Yes: Ruptured ovarian cyst happen often it is associated with the cycle some time is more painful than other it depend on the content of the cyst if it is clear or bloody, this how pain will vary
torsion of the ovary when the ovary turn and twisted the bloos supply now the pain is unbareable very bad pain and it required emergency surgery either to save the ovary or to eliminate the pain.
Big difference ...Read more

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28y, hstry of ovarian torsion twice due to large cyst. Left ovary fixed, right is lost. Iui done on 6 april. Modrte bleedng after 12 days, can I be prgnant?

28y, hstry of ovarian torsion twice due to large cyst. Left ovary fixed, right is lost. Iui done on 6 april. Modrte bleedng after 12 days, can I be prgnant?

Pregnant?: Yes it is possible you are pregnant and therefore you should have a blood test. If you are pregnant and actually miscarrying this is very important information to get while you are trying to conceive. I hope you are not miscarrying. ...Read more

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I went to the ER. Ovarian torsion. It ruptured. Pain shot to right shoulder. Shoulder still hurts. Ovary hurts again. No med prescribed. Mass on panc?

I went to the ER. Ovarian torsion. It ruptured. Pain shot to right shoulder. Shoulder still hurts. Ovary hurts again. No med prescribed. Mass on panc?

Here are some ...: The specifics of the Q is not quite clear, but I assumed there might be cyst(S) in the twisted ovary, which might rupture resulting from necrosis of twisted ovary. All the necrotic tissue from its twisting and expelled cystic fluid became the waste of the body, which will be "digested" by healing process, which in turn leads to inflammation over a variable duration so the pain lingers until... ...Read more

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1 week post lap for ovarian torsion. Ovary ballooned/ruptured/filled abd w/over 1 ltr blood. 48yr old. Expected recovery b4 back to teaching h.S.?

1 week post lap for ovarian torsion.  Ovary ballooned/ruptured/filled abd w/over 1 ltr blood.  48yr old. Expected recovery b4 back to teaching h.S.?

Depends: Most health adults can return to work relatively soon. Some as soon as two weeks as long as work does not require a lot of strenuous activity and there is no longer a need for narcotic pain medications. ...Read more

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Has anyone out there done surgery for ovarian torsion?

Has anyone out there done surgery for ovarian torsion?

Yes: Treatment for an ovarian torsion requires untwisting the ovary restoring the blood flow to the ovary. If the blood supply has been cut off or too long the ovary may be dead. Which would require it to be removed. Can usually be done laparoscopically. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after ovarian torsion surgery?

What is the recovery time after ovarian torsion surgery?

Depends..: Recovery time depends on a couple of factors. Was your surgery minimally invasive? Did they do it the old-fashioned way with a big cut? Did they have to remove the ovary? Depending on these answers recovery could range from 1-4 weeks or more... ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for ovarian torsion?

What is the best treatment for ovarian torsion?

Surgery: Ovarian torsion is a surgical emergency. The stem the ovary hangs on gets twisted cutting blood supply and outflow to the ovary. If not resolved surgically, the ovary may end up dying from gangrene. You don't wanna go that route! If you know one in this situation, drive her to er. ...Read more

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Disappeared ovarian cyst. Why do I still have pain? Do I need second opinion? Just nervous if it grows again without knowing and have torsion suddenly

Disappeared ovarian cyst. Why do I still have pain? Do I need second opinion? Just nervous if it grows again without knowing and have torsion suddenly

No second opinion: There are various causes of ovarian cysts. The most common is an ovulatory cyst which you have each month prior to ovulation. This cyst ruptures and you ovulate. Oftentimes there is a little blood that is spilled into the peritoneal cavity. This can cause pain which resolves. Other cysts can form and either torse or rupture. If you have severe pain that persists, you should be seen by your dr. ...Read more

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Why would my small ovarian dermoid cyst (1.6 cm) be causing me pain? Ultrasound showed no torsion and only trace fluid in pouch of douglas.

Inflammation...: A dermoid can form any kind of tissue in the body: teeth, hair, skin, thyroid tissue, etc. It can be painful because it is stretching the ovarian capsule or because it is causing inflammation in the ovary or other surrounding tissue. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I've had 2 ovarian torsions due to cysts forming, I've taken birth control for that. When I exercise (doing cardio) i start bleeding (spots), what/why?

I've had 2 ovarian torsions due to cysts forming, I've taken birth control for that. When I exercise (doing cardio) i start bleeding (spots), what/why?

Conservative surgery: For your young age pts, you should be treated conservatively with now not to remove your overy unless pathology indicated, but to carefully unreleased torsion and stabilize your ovaries to prevent its reoccurrence by larparoscopically and on BCP if fertility is not in consideration. And you need to be regulated your periods by hormone or BCP therapy. Good luck ...Read more

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Fainted w strong pain after eating when I had ovarian cyst. Doc said likely torsion. Removed. Got recurrence 5cm, had strong pain after eating. Same?

Correct diagnosis?: Eating to fill stomach does nothing to do with ovarian torsion although it may occur and recur at any given time. So, focus on watching and recording to log what you eat and drink so hopefully to pin-point any food-related incompatibility. If not helpful, collect the feature, degree, and progress of all related symptoms with their detailed sequence of events, and bring those to see doc... ...Read more