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Autoamputated ovarian mass causing a partial bowel obstruction in an infant with literature review
  1. Abigail Engwall-Gill1,2,
  2. Danielle Dougherty3,
  3. Savannah Rausch2 and
  4. Erin Perrone3
  1. 1Departement of Surgery, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, USA
  2. 2Department of Pediatric Surgery, Sparrow Health System, Lansing, Michigan, USA
  3. 3Department of Surgery, Section of Pediatric Surgery, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abigail Engwall-Gill; engwalla{at}


An autoamputated ovary (AO) is an extremely rare circumstance with a few reports in the literature. We present a case of a 3-month-old girl with a history of vague abdominal symptoms as well as a known ovarian mass, which was initially suspected to be benign and regressing. On laparoscopy for pain and obstructive symptoms, she was found to have an AO. The pathology was consistent with necrotic and torsed ovarian tissue with superimposed infection and possibly a cystic non-malignant teratoma. AOs are thought to originate from a torsion and are typically diagnosed incidentally. This is an interesting case of an AO causing a partial small bowel obstruction.

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  • paediatric surgery

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  • Contributors AJE-G was involved in all parts of writing and researching this paper: planning, conducting, reporting, conceptualising, designing, literature research and interpretation. DD was involved in planning, reporting, conceptualising, literature research, interpretation and editing. SR was involved in conducting and editing. EEP was involved in planning, conceptualising, designing, interpreting the data and editing.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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