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How is pelvic inflammatory disease dx?

How is pelvic inflammatory disease dx?

Sometimes difficult: PID is sometimes obvious but sometimes not. Diagnosis usually requires -Oral temperature >101° F (>38.3°C) -Abnormal cervical or vaginal discharge -Many white blood cells in vaginal secretions -Elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate -Elevated C-reactive protein Pelvic pain and confirmed pathogenic bacteria in the genital tract are often considered PID as well.

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What are the signs of a pelvic inflammatory disease?

What are the signs of a pelvic inflammatory disease?

PID: The signs are a tender lower abdomen and elicited abdominal pain on pelvic exam (manual vaginal exam). Symptoms include lower abdominal pain, vaginal discharge, fever, nausea, loss of appetite.

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Who causes pelvic inflammatory disease?

Who causes pelvic inflammatory disease?

Good question!: Pid is caused when one person who is infected with a sexualy transittted infection has sex with someone who does not have the infection and shares the infection. Safe sex is always good advice. Insist on using a condom, even if you are using other forms of birth control.

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What is pelvic inflammatory disease or pid?

What is pelvic inflammatory disease or pid?

Usually an Infection: Pid, or pelvic inflammatory disease is usually caused by an infection. Left untreated, the infection can cause permanent damage. If treated early and correctly, then infertility is much less likely.

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How is pelvic inflammatory disease diagnosed?

How is pelvic inflammatory disease diagnosed?

By many things: Sexual activity per se, types of activity, drug use, etc. After a good and honest discussion, a gyn exam and blood tests are then appropriately directed.

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Have you had or delt with pelvic inflammatory disease?

Dealt w/regularly: The pain / fevers / discharge / overall feeling bad-ness brings many women to the er for treatment of pid. Severity depends on personal health issues and time since infection started--some require IV antibiotics and hospital admission, others get first dose IV in er and prescriptions to go home with. If having vaginal symptoms, please get checked sooner than later.

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Why does my pelvic inflammatory disease keep returning?

Recurrent PID: Assuming the diagnosis is correct, recurrent PID can be due to inappropriate treatment or re-infection. There maybe other reasons. More information and testing maybe required to determine the specific reason in your case.

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If I had pelvic inflammatory disease, how would I know?

If I had pelvic inflammatory disease, how would I know?

Symptoms: You may experience pelvic pain, vaginal discharge and or fever. A raised white cell count and ESR are also tell tale signs. See your md if you feel that you may have it.

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Could I have Pelvic Inflammatory disease? What should I do?

Could I have Pelvic Inflammatory disease? What should I do?

How are you feeling?: Pelvic inflammatory disease is experienced differently by different women. There is an acute stage associated with infections, then a second stage associated with chronic potentially debilitating daily pain. If you have concerns, go to a doc or clinic where you can get urine tested, a Pap smear, and an abdominal & pelvic exam & other relevant blood tests. Until there is hard data, we can't say.

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What are the chances of getting pelvic inflammatory disease?

It depends on your: This is a question you need to discuss with your physician. It depends on your general health and your gynecology health.

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How is pelvic inflammatory disease detected and then treated?

How is pelvic inflammatory disease detected and then treated?

By your symptoms: Pid is mosts often diagnosed clinically based on your symptoms of pelvic pain and findings on examination. It is both underdiagnosed and overdiagnosed as the symptoms can be very subtle at times. The only certain way to make this diagnosis requires minor surgery (laparoscopy) which isn't always practical. There are several treatment options in terms of antibiotic therapy.

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What are the symptoms and causes of pelvic inflammatory disease?

What are the symptoms and causes of pelvic inflammatory disease?

See below: Pelvic inflammatory disease are caused by infections usually sexually transmitted. Abdominal pain, fever, and pelvic discharge can all be symptoms or some patients may not any symptoms at all. Untreated abscesses and infertility can occur. If you are concerned, it is best to see your gyn for an evaluation.

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How soon should pelvic inflammatory disease be treated in girls?

Immediately: If a certain diagnosis has been made, or if there is very high concern for pid in a woman or a girl, asap is the only right time - immediately!

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Can pelvic inflammatory disease be damaging the intestines?

Can pelvic inflammatory disease be damaging the intestines?

PID and intestines: Yes-pelvic inflammatory disease also called pid can cause serious abscess in the abdomen leading to hysterectomy, intestinal involvement and severe adhesions and fistula formation. There can be generalized septicemia or growth of bacteria in the blood stream from the disease which in turn can cause paralysis of the intestines with resultant extension of abdomen.

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If I had pelvic inflammatory disease or BV would my bf know?

If I had pelvic inflammatory disease or BV would my bf know?

Not necessarily!: Chlamydia infections and mycoplasma infections can fester for years asympotomatically, causing scarring of the fallopian tubes, which can lead to infertility.