Torsion of Pelvic Organs and Their Tumors

  • V. I. Sreenivas


Because of the close similarity in clinical presentation, torsion of pelvic organs and their tumors are included under a single heading. A normal (1) or distended fallopian tube, a pedunculated uterine fibroid, a normal (2,3) or tumor-bearing ovary, and cysts of the broad ligament can undergo torsion resulting in an acute abdomen. Because of the relative rarity of torsion of pelvic organs and their tumors, the cause of acute abdomen more often than not is misdiagnosed preoperatively and the correct diagnosis becomes apparent at laparotomy (3,4).


Pelvic Organ Fallopian Tube Ovarian Cyst Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Acute Abdomen 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. I. Sreenivas
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.The Hospital of Saint RaphaelNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Yale New Haven HospitalNew HavenUSA

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