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Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Torsion

written by: angiem1981 • edited by: Lamar Stonecypher • updated: 11/27/2009

One of the most common ovarian torsion symptoms is significant pain in the pelvis. This condition also has other symptoms that vary in intensity.

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    Ovarian torsion symptoms should not be dismissed. Those that suffer from this condition risk permanent damage and possible infertility, and these risks further increase if the disorder is not diagnosed and/or properly treated. Statistics indicate that many women will not be diagnosed until the signs and symptoms are severe enough to send them to the emergency room. At this point, it is often considered a true emergency. This is because ovarian torsion is literally, the twisting of the ovary that can be caused by various disease, disorder, or other abnormalities within the reproductive system.

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    What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Torsion?

    To understand the ovarian torsion symptoms, you must first know the difference between a sign and a symptom. A sign is something that can be objectively measured, which means that it can be seen by someone else and a symptom, such as pain, cannot be. With this disorder, pain in the lower abdomen is the main indicator. This can be felt in the entire region or only on one side. Most often, only one ovary is affected at a time but the pain is often severe and will radiate to the other side as well. Rapid heartbeat, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting may also accompany the pain.

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    What Can Cause Ovarian Torsion and Who Is At Risk?

    Several abnormalities of the ovary or fallopian tube(s) can contribute to the incidence of ovarian torsion and the symptoms. Ovarian cysts, tumors, and infections can all lead to scarring and/or abnormality, which may be partly responsible in some cases. Although these are considered risk factors, women without any of these complications can still develop ovarian torsion. The disorder is most common in women of childbearing age and can also occur during pregnancy. Less than 30% of those who develop torsion of the ovaries will do so after the age of 30.

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    Managing Ovarian Torsion Symptoms

    The symptoms of ovarian torsions are usually not effectively managed with over the counter pain relievers and will often persist. The physician must often prescribe pain medication to the patient. The individual should also keep in mind, that treating the disorder is the only way to completely eliminate the pain and suffering associated with this. The most common and effective treatment for torsion is the repair by surgery. When treated early on, damage to the reproductive organs may be significantly reduced.

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    Bibliography

    Healthline. Ovarian Torsion Information. http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/ovarian-torsion/2