Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Acute Cervicitis Overview

Another name for Acute Cervicitis is Cervicitis.

What is cervicitis?
A person with cervicitis has swelling and inflammation at the end of the uterus, known as the cervix. Cervical inflammation may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Other causes include trauma, radiation therapy, or cancer. Overall, infections, such as sexually transmitted disease are the most common cause for cervicitis. In this case, the most common causes are Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, herpes simplex virus (HSV), and human papillomavirus (HPV). Untreated bacterial cervicitis can spread to involve other organs in the pelvis leading to pelvic inflammatory disease or PID.

What are the symptoms of cervicitis?
The symptoms of cervicitis include abnormal vaginal bleeding after menopause, after intercourse, or between menstrual periods. Other symptoms include painful intercourse, vaginal pain, pelvic pressure or heaviness, an unusual vaginal discharge that is gray, white or yellow in color, vaginal discharge that does not go away, and vaginal discharge that has an odor.

How does the doctor treat cervicitis?
Treatment for cervicitis depends on the underlying cause and may include antiviral medications, antibiotics, antifungal medications, or surgery.

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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