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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 161-164
Case Report

Pneumococcal Endometritis with Peritonitis: Case Report and Review of the Literature

KI Ostrowska, C Rotstein, JH Thornley, and LA Mandell

The Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Pathology, Henderson General Division of the Hamilton Civic Hospitals, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Received 15 March 1990; Accepted 12 November 1990

Copyright © 1991 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The first case of pneumococcal endometritis with peritonitis in a woman using tampons is described. The patient responded to removal of the tampon and administration of broad spectrum antibiotics. The pathogenesis of pneumococcal endometritis and peritonitis and the potential significance of a tampon in situ are discussed.