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Ovarian vein thrombosis: a potential clinical consequence of ruptured ectopic pregnancy


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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