Antenatal sonographic diagnosis of complicated ovarian cysts

P. Preziosi, G. Fariello, A. Maiorana, S. Malena, F. Ferro

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Cystic follicles are frequently found in newborn ovaries. Pathological studies report a 30% incidence of neonatal follicular cysts greater than 1 mm in diameter. Generally, follicular cysts regress spontaneously, but occasionally they increase and acquire clinical significance (e.g., abdominal enlargement, cystic hemorrhage, and signs of peduncular torsion). During routine sonographic examination in pregnancy, fetal ovarian cysts can occasionally be identified. We report two cases of fetal ovarian cysts detected by sonography and confirmed after birth. Sonographic findings that aroused suspicions of ovarian torsion were present in both cases and were confirmed at surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-198
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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