Ovarian vein thrombosis and sigmoid diverticulitis

Case contributed by Dr Erik Ranschaert


Lower abdominal pain for 2 days associated with fever. Leukocytosis and CRP were both elevated.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Female

Abdominal CT-scan (monophasic)

CT demonstrates multiple sigmoid colon diverticula with surrounding mesenteric fat stranding. These findings are compatible with diverticulitis. On the left lateral side of the sigmoid colon, a dilated venous structure is seen with an endoluminal round thrombus. This vein drains into the left renal vein. Left renal vein and inferior vena cava are normal.


Case Discussion

This patient has a history of previous appendectomy and extirpation of the uterus.

Ovarian vein thrombosis is an uncommon but potentially serious disorder. It arises out of the coincident conditions of venous stasis and hypercoagulability, which are commonly present in the recently postpartum patient. Other conditions that are associated with hypercoagulabilities, such as recent surgery, malignancy, and Crohn disease, also increase the patient's risk for ovarian vein thrombosis.

In this case, the thrombosis of the left ovarian vein is likely to be caused by concurrent sigmoid diverticulitis adjacent to the left ovarian vein. Vessel wall abnormalities occur during acute inflammation due to sticking and emigration of leukocytes, and the resultant exposed subendothelial collagen activates platelets leading to thrombosis.

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Case information

rID: 14551
Published: 4th Aug 2011
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
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