Department of Radiology
Emergency Medicine | Female Urogenital Diseases and Pregnancy Complications | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Radiology | Women's Health
Acute-onset pelvic pain is an extremely common symptom in premenopausal women presenting to the emergency department. After excluding pregnancy in reproductive-age women, ultrasonography plays a major role in the prompt and accurate diagnosis of adnexal causes of acute pelvic pain, such as hemorrhagic ovarian cysts, endometriosis, ovarian torsion, and tubo-ovarian abscess. Its availability, relatively low cost, and lack of ionizing radiation make ultrasonography an ideal imaging modality in women of reproductive age. The primary goal of imaging in these patients is to distinguish between adnexal causes of acute pelvic pain that may be managed conservatively or medically, and those requiring emergency/urgent surgical or percutaneous intervention.
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Citation: Ultrasonography. 2015 Oct;34(4):258-67. doi: 10.14366/usg.15013. Epub 2015 May 9. Link to article on publisher's site
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Pelvic pain, Adnexa uteri, Fallopian tube diseases, Ovary, Endometriosis, Ultrasonography
Ultrasonography (Seoul, Korea)
Dupuis, Carolyn S. and Kim, Young H., "Ultrasonography of adnexal causes of acute pelvic pain in pre-menopausal non-pregnant women" (2015). Open Access Articles. 2601.
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