What ultrasonography finding can be misleading when testing for an ovarian torsion?

Updated: Jun 27, 2017
  • Author: Erik D Schraga, MD; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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The finding of an ovarian mass may suggest a focus for torsion but may also be misleading as to this is itself the source of pain. Because implicated masses are most frequently nonneoplastic or hemorrhagic cysts, which can themselves produce pain of similar quality and location, diagnosis can be challenging even with appropriate imaging. Nevertheless, when the history is suggestive of torsion, the discovery of an ovarian cyst should greatly increase one’s suspicion of the diagnosis.


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