Pregnancy in chronic renal failure: A novel cause of theca lutein cysts at MRI

Eric M. Chen, Richard S. Breiman, Richard A. Sollitto, Fergus V. Coakley

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We describe the MRI findings of bilateral ovarian theca lutein cysts in a pregnant patient with chronic renal failure. The recognition that pregnancy in chronic renal failure may result in theca lutein cysts, presumably due to excessive serum beta human chorionic gonadotropins (hCGs) secondary to impaired renal excretion, expands the differential diagnosis for this MRI appearance, in addition to the usual considerations of gestational trophoblastic disease, multiple gestation, and ovarian hyperstimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1663-1665
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Chrome renal failure
  • Hyperreactio luteinalis
  • Ovary MRI
  • Pregnancy
  • Theca lutein cysts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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