Adnexal torsion in pediatric and adolescent girls

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Purpose of review

This review provides timely information to assist in solving the diagnostic dilemma of adnexal or ovarian torsion. Knowledge and awareness of current literature is essential to help clinicians improve diagnostic accuracy and avoid potentially catastrophic consequences, including loss of ovarian tissue and function.

Recent findings

This article reviews recent evidence regarding radiologic tools used for efficient, timely diagnosis and management strategies for adnexal torsion, including detorsion. The role of oophoropexy in the pediatric and adolescent population is also reviewed.


The discussion reinforces the role of detorsion in lieu of oophorectomy or adnextomy in an effort to preserve reproductive capacity in a young population. Long-term follow-up, including reproductive outcomes, is needed to determine the role of oophoropexy.

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