Presentation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Ovarian Torsion in Premenarchal Girls

Eran Ashwal, Haim Krissi, Liran Hiersch, Saharon Less, Ram Eitan, Yoav Peled
Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology 2015, 28 (6): 526-9

STUDY OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical characteristics and treatment of ovarian torsion in premenarchal girls with surgically verified ovarian torsion.

DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: A retrospective cohort study design was used. The medical charts of all premenarchal girls with surgically verified ovarian torsion treated in a university-affiliated tertiary medical center from 1997 to 2012 were reviewed for clinical, treatment, and outcome data.

RESULTS: Thirty-two premenarchal girls were identified. Their median age was 9 years. There were 7 recurrences during the study period (17.9%), for a total of 39 cases. The main presenting symptoms were abdominal pain (92.3%) and nausea and vomiting (84.6%). Physical examination revealed abdominal tenderness in 25 cases (64.1%). Abdominal ultrasound, performed in 31 patients (38 cases), yielded pathologic findings in 28 (73.7%), mainly an enlarged ovary (11 cases, 28.9%). Doppler flow studies were abnormal in 15 cases. In 26 cases (68.4%), the tentative preoperative working diagnosis was ovarian torsion. Laparoscopy was performed in 26 cases, laparotomy in 10, and laparoscopy converted to laparotomy in 3 cases. Conservative management, mainly with additional cyst drainage or cystectomy, was used in 37 cases (95.2%) with oophoropexy in 5 cases. Two patients required oophorectomy because of a suspected neoplasm and severe ovarian necrosis. Pathologic examination demonstrated 5 simple cysts, 1 necrotic ovary, and 1 mature cystic teratoma.

CONCLUSIONS: Ovarian torsion in premenarchal girls is associated with nonspecific signs and symptoms. Abdominal ultrasound and Doppler imaging may assist in the diagnosis. Laparoscopy with conservative management is preferred. Owing to the high recurrence rate, oophoropexy may be considered.

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