Torsion of an iatrogenic parasitic fibroid related to power morcellation for specimen retrieval

Deepa Maheswari Narasimhulu, Ellis Eugene, Saraf Sumit

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Parasitic fibroids are generally diagnosed incidentally at the time of surgery performed for symptomatic uterine fibroids. Torsion of a parasitic fibroid causing severe acute onset pain is extremely rare. We report a torsed parasitic fibroid in a patient who underwent hysterectomy using power morcellation for specimen retrieval. A 40-year-old patient with a history of laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy 8 years prior presented with severe abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with degenerating parasitic fibroids on magnetic resonance imaging and was managed conservatively. Surgery was performed 3 days later for persistent pain, and the parasitic fibroid was found to have undergone torsion. Torsed ischemic fibroids can undergo necrosis and gangrene and can potentially cause life-threatening coagulopathy and peritonitis. Awareness of this potential complication will reduce errors in diagnosis and facilitate timely management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-262
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Turkish German Gynecology Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Morcellation
  • Parasitic fibroid
  • Torsion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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