What are the signs and symptoms of struma ovarii?

Updated: Mar 08, 2019
  • Author: Lisa Rubinsak, MD; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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The symptoms of struma ovarii are similar to those of other ovarian tumors and are nonspecific in nature. They can include the following:

·         Abdominal pain

·         Palpable abdominal mass

·         Abnormal vaginal bleeding

·         Ascites (Reported in up to one third of cases) [7]

·         Pseudo-Meigs syndrome (ascites in the setting of hydrothorax) (Reported in fewer than 10 cases)

·         Incidental discovery on pelvic imaging or surgery

Thyroid hyperfunction is a presenting symptom in 5-8% of patients with struma ovarii. [2]


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