Ovarian remnant syndrome occurs when ovarian tissue is left behind following surgery to remove both ovaries (bilateral oophorectomy). Common signs and symptoms include a mass and regular pelvic pain. Ovarian remnant syndrome can cause blockages of the urinary tract (ureteral obstruction). Ureteral obstruction may cause serious, even life-threatening symptoms. You can familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of urinary tract blockage by visiting the MayoClinic.com Web site at the following link:
Treatment of ovarian remnant syndrome may involve surgery to remove the remnant ovarian tissue. Because the ovarian remnant can be very difficult to distinguish from surrounding tissues, surgery should be performed by highly experienced surgeons. When surgery is not an option, treatment may be aimed at preventing blockages of the urinary tract. There have been individual case reports describing the use of leuprolide acetate therapy for treatment of ovarian remnant syndrome. Ovarian remnant syndrome may recur following treatment.
It can be difficult to find healthcare professionals who are experienced in treating an uncommon condition like ovarian remnant syndrome. If you have not already done so, we suggest beginning by talking with your healthcare provider regarding an appropriate referral. For additional tips, we invite you to visit the following link on Finding An Expert.
In addition, professional societies like the following provide physician finder tools which may be helpful in locating local specialists.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist
Find an OBGYN: http://www.acog.org/About_ACOG/Find_an_Ob-Gyn
The Society of Gynecologic surgeons
Find an SGS Physician: http://www.sgsonline.org/findsgsphys.php