Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Alternative Names

PID; Oophoritis; Salpingitis; Salpingo-oophoritis; Salpingo-peritonitis

Definition of Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a general term for infection of the uterus lining, fallopian tubes, or ovaries.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Most cases of pelvic inflammatory disease are caused by bacteria that move from the vagina or cervix into the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, or pelvis.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of PID include:

Signs and tests

You may have a fever and . A pelvic examination may show:

Treatment

Your doctor will often start you on antibiotics while waiting for your test results.

Review

Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Redmond, Washington; Clinical Teaching Facility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 9/2/2009

Pelvic laparoscopy
Female reproductive anatomy
Endometritis
Uterus

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