Podcast 755: Tubo-Ovarian Abscess - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 755: Tubo-Ovarian Abscess

Contributor: Peter Bakes, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Tubo-ovarian abscess is a rare complication of pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Usually presents with chief complaint of abdominal pain and is often diagnosed by CT of the abdomen/pelvis
  • Hospitalization is indicated 60-80% of patients improve with an IV anaerobic cephalosporin (cefoxitin or cefotetan) with doxycycline or using clindamycin and gentamicin
  • Mortality can occur in up to 5% of patients, often as a result of progression to septic shock


Kairys N, Roepke C. Tubo-Ovarian Abscess. [Updated 2021 Jul 18]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK448125/

Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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