Pelvic varices

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


CT for staging breast cancer. Asymptomatic.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Female

CT Abdomen and pelvis (selected images)

Varicosities of the left ovarian and parametrial venous plexuses associated with dilatation of the left ovarian vein.

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Case Discussion

Left ovarian varicosities are a common finding and result of incompetent valves in the left ovarian vein. It is considered the female equivalent to a testicular varicocele.

This patient did not report any related symptoms, but these findings could be related to pelvic congestion syndrome, a cause of chronic pelvic pain.


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Case information

rID: 21571
Published: 31st Jan 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded