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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - PID Medical Malpractice
Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the uterus, fallopian disease and ovaries, resulting in abdominal pain and vaginal discharge, among other things. It is serious complication of certain sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. It is also referred to as PID. It can damage the uterus, tubes and ovaries in such a way as to affect fertility. Other complications include ectopic pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain and abscess formation.
PID affects more than 750,000 women in the US each year and around 75,000 women become infertile each year as a result of having the disease. Many ectopic pregnancies occur as a result of the infection. The more sexual partners a woman has, the greater is her risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease. If you have sex with someone who has had multiple sex partners, you have a higher risk of developing PID.
Women get PID from bacteria that come up inside the cervix during sex. There can be several organisms contributing to getting PID but many are associated with chlamydia and gonorrhoea, which are common bacterial sexually transmitted diseases. If you have had PID before, you are more likely to get it again, perhaps because of damage caused by previous infections. Those most at risk are sexually active women who are of childbearing age, especially those under the age of 25. This is mainly due to immaturity of the cervix in teen girls who get gonorrhoea and chlamydia more likely. Women who use douches have a higher chance of getting PID compared to those who do not douche. Douching affects the flora of the vagina adversely so that you get infections more readily.
Women with IUDs have a slightly higher risk of pelvic inflammatory disease especially around the time of insertion. Women receiving IUDs should be screened for STDs before insertion of the IUD.
The signs and symptoms of PID include pelvic pain, which can be mild or severe, abdominal pain, fever, foul-odoured vaginal discharge and painful urination. In rare cases, there can be pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen from liver inflammation.
PID requires appropriate treatment right away to prevent complications. There can be permanent damage to the reproductive organs if it is not treated promptly. Build up of scar tissue can affect fertility and can contribute to ectopic pregnancies. About one in ten women with PID go on to develop infertility and the rate of infertility goes up when the person has many episodes of PID. Scar tissue in the fallopian tubes or other parts of the pelvis can result in chronic pelvic pain that can last for many months or years. It is more common in those that have had many episodes of PID.
Pelvic inflammatory disease is not always easy to diagnose because the symptoms are subtle in some cases. Many cases go completely unnoticed. Tests for PID include cultures for Chlamydia and gonorrhoea, a pelvic examination that can detect uterine tenderness or abscess formation and a CBC, which may show elevation of the white blood cell count. An ultrasound can show inflammation of the fallopian tubes and possibly an abscess formation. Laparoscopy can show uterine and fallopian tube inflammation consistent with PID.
PID is treated primarily with antibiotics although surgery to remove abscesses might be necessary. The antibiotic of choice depends on the nature of the bacteria involved in the infection. Pain medications are used to treat pelvic pain. Broad spectrum antibiotics are used when the doctor cannot determine the exact bacteria involved in the PID infection. Treatment should be prompt as the longer it is delayed, the more likely it is to develop complications. Make sure the partner is treated as well so that you don't get the PID infection back again.
You need to be hospitalized if you are severely sick, are pregnant, have unresponsive infections and need IV antibiotics and or have an abscess that needs surgery or need monitoring of the infection until it heals due to other health problems.LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7125