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String of pearls sign (ovary)

The string of pearls (or beads) sign in the ovary is the ultrasound sign of multiple small (<5 mm) follicles peripherally located in the gonad.

It is typically seen in polycystic ovaries, and is thought to represent abnormal accumulation of immature follicles. This morphologic appearance however does not contribute to the diagnostic criteria of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Inspired signs

Article information

rID: 66672
System: Gynaecology
Section: Signs
Tag: stub, stub
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • String of beads (ovary)

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