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Can a hysterosalpingogram cause tubo-ovarian abscesses or pelvic inflammatory disease?

Can a hysterosalpingogram cause tubo-ovarian abscesses or pelvic inflammatory disease?

Yes: Although its uncommon, and generally only happens in cases of pre-existing tubal disease. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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Can having a tubo ovarian abscess cause you to get ovarian cysts? Never had them before had mass pelvic sepsis, now have them. Is there a link?

Yes: Yes if you had a massive tubo-ovarian abscess, depending on how it was treated, it could cause ongoing issues with ovarian cyst formation. I'm so sorry you're going through this. ...Read more

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How to best prevent tubo ovarian abcess caused by strep or staph.ive had 2 in last 2 years.

How to best prevent tubo ovarian abcess caused by strep or staph.ive had 2 in last 2 years.

Just say no to sex: Having unprotected sex might be the biggest risk factor. I'd recommend always using a barrier (condom, cervical cap) anytime you decide to have intercourse. A thorough consult with your physician will provide more answers. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a tubo ovarian abcess caused by strep from swimming with tampons in during period?pool water soaks the tampon.previous TOA too.

Is it possible to get a tubo ovarian abcess caused by strep from swimming with tampons in during period?pool water soaks the tampon.previous TOA  too.

Possible vs. likely: There's no evidence that swimming while on a period, or swimming with a tampon has any risk at all. Quite the contrary. I suppose if you swam in clearly contaminated water you might take a risk; swimming in a pool is safe. ...Read more

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What is the difference between tubo ovarian complex vs tubo ovarian abscess?

What is the difference between tubo ovarian complex vs tubo ovarian abscess?

Not quite the same: A tubo-ovarian complex can be made up of ovarian cysts involving the far end (distal) end of the adherent Fallopian tube which does not appear to be infected. A tube ovarian abscess demonstrates evidence of an obvious closed infection involving both the Fallopian tube and the ovary. A tubo ovarian complex can also appear to be a tubo ovarian abscess on ultrasound ...Read more

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Would it be true to say that salpingitis is the same thing as a tubo ovarian abscess?

Would it be true to say that salpingitis is the same thing as a tubo ovarian abscess?

Yes and No: All tubo-ovarian abscess (toa) have salpingitis (inflammation/infection of the tube) but not all salpingitis have a toa. If left untreated, most salpingitis will turn into a toa. So yes they are related but not the same. ...Read more

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Can pelvic ultrasound detect tubo ovarian abscess?

Can pelvic ultrasound detect tubo ovarian abscess?

Yes: In fact, pelvic ultrasound in the form of a transvaginal ultrasound (ultrasound probe placed in the vagina) is usually the study of choice to detect tubo-ovarian abscess. This study has a sensitivity (likelihood of detection) of very roughly 85%...But like any ultrasound study can vary based on the experience of the sonographer. ...Read more

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