Ovarian torsion in utero diagnosed at 37 weeks of pregnancy: A case report
Saeed H, Hong L, Smith N, and Shaman M. Ovarian torsion in utero diagnosed at 37 weeks of pregnancy: A case report. Case Rep Womens Health 2020; 27.
Case Rep Womens Health
Background: Fetal ovarian masses are common abdominal anomalies in female fetuses, often diagnosed in the third trimester. Most masses are benign and tend to resolve spontaneously within a few months after birth, but larger masses may present complications such as torsion.
Case: A 21-year-old primagravid woman was noted to have a complex avascular solid mass in the fetal left pelvis, which was consistent with complex fetal left ovarian torsion. The patient underwent induction of labor at 39 weeks for possible intervention. The infant underwent surgery at 5 weeks of age and a torsed, necrotic ovary was discovered.
Conclusion: The diagnosis of ovarian torsion in utero is rare, and prenatal and postnatal guidelines are needed on frequency of monitoring, timing of delivery, and postnatal follow-up.