Undescended ovaries: a clinical review

J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2007 Apr;20(2):57-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2006.12.007.


Undescended ovaries are frequently seen in conjunction with uterine malformations and are typically found during the course of an infertility evaluation. Other important clinical signs may prompt evaluation in an adolescent patient, though this may also be an incidental finding. An understanding of embryologic features is critical for management. It is additionally important to explain to patients and families that this is a normal developmental variant of the ovary that does not require removal in the absence of concerning pathology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Fallopian Tubes / abnormalities*
  • Fallopian Tubes / embryology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Female / etiology*
  • Ovary / abnormalities*
  • Ovary / embryology