Tubo-Ovarian Abscess Treatment
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. Drainage of the abscess may be accomplished laparoscopically. Male sexual partners should also be evaluated by a doctor to avoid re-infection.
Specific treatment for a tubo-ovarian abscess includes:
- Antibiotics for a tubo-ovarian abscess:
- Selection depends on the bacteria causing the infection.
- Cefoxitin (Mefoxin)
- Cefotetan (Cefotan)
- Doxycycline (Vibramycin)
- Clindamycin (Cleocin)
- Metronidazole (Flagyl)
- Gentamicin (Gentacidin, Garamycin)
- Avoid intercourse until after antibiotic treatment is completed.
- Sexual partners should be evaluated by a doctor:
- Re-infection is quite common if sexual partners are not treated.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Surgery for tubo-ovarian abscess:
- Using laparoscopy
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