What Is an Ovarian Remnant?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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My wife has Ovarian Remnant Syndrome and has been looking everywhere but can find no information on this matter.

Doctor's response

Ovarian remnant syndrome is pelvic pain due to leftover ovarian tissue after removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes.  It can cause cyclic pain and pressure on the vagina, rectum, bladder, and ureter.  The ovarian remnants may be removable with laparoscopy.  A qualified gynecologist familiar with the condition should be consulted.

Carolyn Janet Crandall, M.D.
Editor:
William Shiel, MD, FACP, FACR

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018
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