Occult traumatic avulsion of an ovarian dermoid cyst

Robert L. Levine, Paul E. Pepe, William Blackstone, Julius Danzinger, Joseph Varon

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This case report describes a unique presentation involving avulsion of an ovarian dermoid tumor which occurred as the result of blunt trauma secondary to a motor vehicle collision. Despite an unimpressive initial presentation and normal physical examination, the patient subsequently developed symptoms of severe hemorrhage requiring aggressive intravascular volume resuscitation. A ruptured ovarian dermoid tumor was eventually diagnosed by computerized axial tomography. A review of the literature by the authors did not reveal any similar cases of previous reports of this phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-346
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1992


  • Dermoid cyst
  • avulsion
  • hemorrhage, shock
  • injury
  • ovarian
  • teratoma
  • trauma, blunt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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