Adnexal Torsion Leading to Death of an Infant

V. A. Fitzhugh, J. R. Shaikh, D. S. Heller

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Background: Torsion of the uterine adnexa is an uncommon occurrence in infants, but when it does occur, the consequences may be catastrophic. Case: A 4-month-old female presented with sudden cardiac and respiratory arrest. There were no prior signs of illness. The infant was resuscitated and survived for one day after the event. Autopsy revealed a left ovarian cyst with torsion. Necrosis of the transverse colon was also seen. Other organs revealed signs of shock. The cause of death was felt to be related to the torsion. Summary and Conclusion: Torsion of the uterine adnexa is rare in infants. In the few reported cases, antecedent symptoms were present. Clinicians should be aware of this possibility and include it in the differential diagnosis of death in infancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-297
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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