Which physical findings are characteristic of ovarian cyst rupture?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Charles Nathan Webb, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Nicole W Karjane, MD  more...
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Vital signs are usually within normal range. Physical findings can range from mild unilateral low abdominal tenderness to those of an acute abdomen with severe tenderness, guarding, rebound, and peritoneal signs. [7]

Low-grade fever is sometimes observed, and an adnexal mass may be palpable, although absence of such findings on examination has no diagnostic value as many cysts decompress after rupture. Orthostatic changes are consistent with a sizable hemorrhage.


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