Tubo-ovarian abscess

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Background

Risk factors

  • Multiple sex partners
  • Age 15-25 years old
  • Prior history of PID
  • IUD
  • HIV infection

Clinical Features

  • +/-Fever
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Dyspareunia
  • Disproportionate unilateral adnexal tenderness or adnexal mass or fullness
  • Suspect in patient who does not respond after 72hr of treatment for PID

Differential Diagnosis

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic origin

Abdominal origin

Evaluation

  • CBC
  • ESR/CRP
  • Transvaginal pelvic ultrasound (Sn 75-82%)
  • CT pelvis (Sn 78-100%) - preferred in patients in whom associated GI pathology must be excluded

Management

  • OB/GYN consult for possible operative drainage.
  • Majority (60-80%) resolve with antibiotics alone

Outpatient

Inpatient

Disposition

  • Decision should be made in conjunction with gynecological colleague
  • Patient with fevers, elevated WBC, abscess greater than 5 cm, or systemic toxicity demand admission
  • Hemodynamically stable, afebrile patients with a relatively small abscess can be safely discharged with close gynecological follow up on antibiotics

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