How does ovarian torsion occur?

Updated: Jun 27, 2017
  • Author: Erik D Schraga, MD; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Ovarian torsion involves torsion of the ovarian tissue on its pedicle leading to reduced venous return, stromal edema, internal hemorrhage, and infarction with the subsequent sequelae. Ovarian torsion classically occurs unilaterally in a pathologically enlarged ovary. Torsion of a normal ovary is most common among young children. [5, 6]


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