Tubal Abscess Overview
Another name for Tubal Abscess is Tubo-Ovarian Abscess.
What is a tubo-ovarian abscess?
A woman with a tubo-ovarian abscess has a collection of pus and bacteria within the part of the fallopian tube that is next to the ovary. A tubo-ovarian abscess is a severe form of pelvic inflammatory disease, which is usually caused by a sexually transmitted disease.
What are the symptoms of a tubo-ovarian abscess?
Symptoms of a tubo-ovarian abscess include lower abdominal pain, low back pain, vaginal discharge, and fever. Additional symptoms may include joint pains, joint swelling, rash, heavy menstrual bleeding and vomiting.
How does the doctor treat a tubo-ovarian abscess?
Treatment for a tubo-ovarian abscess includes antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for a severe tubo-ovarian abscess may require narcotic pain medication and surgery. Male sexual partners should be evaluated by a doctor.
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