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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 3 (1995), Issue 2, Pages 56-59
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/S1064744995000317
Clinical Study

Endometrial Cultures in Acute Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Goddard Medical Associates, P. C., Brockton, MA, USA
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Temple University Hospital, 3401 N. Broad Street, 7OPD, Philadelphia 19140, PA, USA

Received 28 September 1994; Accepted 4 April 1995

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Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the correlation of endometrial culture results with the clinical diagnosis of acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

Methods: A total of 130 patients admitted with the clinical diagnosis of acute PID were prospectively enrolled in this study. Endometrial cultures by transcervical aspirate currette were obtained from all patients.

Results: Of 130 patients, 114 were discharged with a clinical diagnosis of PID. Of these 114 patients, 112 had positive endometrial cultures for pathogenic organisms. The correlation between endometrial culture results and the clinical diagnosis of acute PID was 98.2%. When patients with only mycoplasmas in the endometrial cavity were excluded, the correlation between endometrial culture results and the clinical diagnosis of acute PID was 93.8%.

Conclusion: These data demonstrate the exceedingly high degree of correlation between endometrial culture results and the clinical diagnosis of acute PID. Therefore, endometrial cultures may serve as a useful adjunct in the evaluation of patients with a clinical diagnosis of acute PID.