A 9-year-old girl attended the emergency department with right-sided abdominal pain and vomiting. Due to history and following examination, an ultrasound was requested which demonstrated a large complex midline mass. The most likely diagnosis was ovarian torsion, for which the patient underwent laparoscopy, detorsion and ovarian cystectomy. Histology revealed a mature cystic teratoma. Although less common than in the adult population, it is important to consider ovarian torsion in children and adolescents. Presentation is usually with pain accompanied by vomiting and fever, although these symptoms are not always present. Current management is organ-sparing, with laparoscopy±cystectomy. We discuss the adaptations for this procedure with regard to the paediatric and adolescent population. Differences in the anatomy and physiology must lead to consideration for alterations in surgical technique and positioning to ensure the safest and best quality care for these young patients.
- paediatric surgery
- obstetrics and gynaecology
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Contributors CW: concept and design, acquisition of literature and interpretation. KY: concept and design, final review of the article.
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