When the ovary twists around its supporting tissues, it is called ovarian torsion or adnexal torsion. This is a rare but serious medical condition that requires immediate attention.

Unfortunately, ovarian torsion is often mistaken for other problems, such as urinary tract infection, kidney stones, appendicitis or gastroenteritis. This can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment, which can have serious consequences.

The definitive way to confirm ovarian torsion is by direct visualisation which requires surgery. Tests, such as ultrasounds, CT scans and blood tests can provide some clues, but they cannot provide a firm diagnosis. If there is any suspicion of ovarian torsion, surgery should be carried out as soon as possible.

When ovarian torsion remains untreated for an extended period, the chances of successfully saving the ovary diminish. The torsion blocks the blood flow to the ovary which can cause ovarian necrosis (tissue death), loss of the ovary, and in rare cases, infertility.

Know the signs

Ovarian torsion can happen to anyone, regardless of age. The main symptom is sudden and severe pain in the pelvis or abdomen, usually on one side. Other symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Abnormal bleeding.

Not all these symptoms will occur in every case of ovarian torsion.

If you are concerned about any of the above signs seek medical attention immediately and discuss ovarian torsion.

Contact us

It may be possible to make a medical negligence claim, if there has been a delay or misdiagnosis of ovarian torsion.

For confidential advice making a medical negligence claim contact us on 0113 284 5000 or clinneg@isonharrison.co.uk

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