Acute pelvic pain in women: Ultrasonography still reigns

Sheila Sheth

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Acute pelvic pain is one of the most common symptoms prompting women to seek emergent care. The most common conditions presenting acutely include ectopic pregnancy; spontaneous abortion in pregnant women; and ovarian cysts, ovarian torsion, and pelvic inflammatory disease in nongravid patients. Despite the presence of multidetector row computed tomography in an increasing number of emergency departments, ultrasonography remains the best imaging modality for these patients. This article discusses gynecologic diseases presenting with acute or subacute pelvic pain and presents some other causes of pelvic pain that may mimic gynecologic disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-176
Number of pages14
JournalUltrasound Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Acute pelvic pain
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Torsion
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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