An 18-month-old baby in Nghe An Province, north-central Vietnam had to have one of her ovaries removed due to late detection of her ovarian torsion.
Nghe An Obstetrics and Pediatrics Hospital confirmed on Wednesday that an 18-month-old baby girl was rushed to the emergency room due to ovarian torsion.
The young patient, H.T.U., residing in Quynh Luu District, Nghe An, had a high fever above 38.5 degrees Celsius three days ago, her family said, adding that the baby girl was on medication but her condition did not improve.
Doctors performed an abdominal ultrasound on the patient and found that her right ovary was three centimeters, which was an abnormal size, while blood flow to the organ was also cut off.
The patient was then diagnosed with ovarian torsion.
The baby underwent a 30-minute-long endoscopic surgery, but it was too late.
The right ovary was already necrotic and unable to heal, so it had to be removed.
Dr. Duong Ngoc Van, from Hanoi-based Medlatec Hospital, said that torsion of the ovaries will lead to ovarian necrosis if left untreated.
Severe cases require surgical removal of the ovaries.
The disease is most common in women from 20 to 40 years old, but it can happen in girls and women at any age.
Some signs of ovarian torsion include severe and unexpected pain in the pelvic area, vomiting and nausea, fever, indigestion, and constipation.
Therefore, it is necessary to seek medical attention if one has the above symptoms.