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Ovarian vein thrombosis: a potential clinical consequence of ruptured ectopic pregnancy
  1. David Elliot Teytelbaum,
  2. Josh Dean Meade and
  3. Jennifer Swanson
  1. College of Medicine, Florida State University, Sarasota, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to David Elliot Teytelbaum; davidteytelbaum15{at}


A healthy 32-year-old G3P3 woman with an unknown last menstrual period presented to the emergency department with intense abdominal pain and pain in the right chest that radiated down the right arm. Further workup showed that she had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy with significant haemoperitoneum. After successful laparoscopic evacuation of the ectopic pregnancy and haemoperitoneum, the patient subsequently developed a right ovarian vein thrombosis 4 weeks after the procedure. She was treated with anticoagulation, and further haematological studies did not show any significant findings. Postpartum ovarian vein thrombosis is extremely rare and can be life- threatening if not accurately diagnosed and treated with anticoagulation or surgical management in a timely manner.

  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • venous thromboembolism
  • pregnancy

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  • Contributors DET, the first author, researched, edited, drafted and revised the manuscript. JDM researched, edited and drafted the manuscript. JS, the mentor, edited the manuscript, provided documentation and kept in communication with the patient.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.