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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 11, Issue 3, Pages 167-169

Tubo-Ovarian Abscess Occurring 16 Years After Supracervical Hysterectomy

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kumamoto Rosai Hospital, Yatsushiro, Kumamoto 866-8533, Japan

Received 19 February 2003; Accepted 16 July 2003

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Background: Supracervical hysterectomy is seldom performed and there are few reports of tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA) after supracervical hysterectomy.

Case: The case of a 49-year-old woman with a right TOA is reported. This patient had received a supracervical hysterectomy 16 years earlier due to rupture of the uterus. At this admission, she presented with complaints of lower abdominal pain and fever. Bimanual and transvaginal ultrasound examinations demonstrated a tender mass in the right adnexal region. Laparotomy, pathologic examination and microbiologic study confirmed the diagnosis of right TOA.

Conclusion: After supracervical hysterectomy, patients may develop endocervicitis, parametritis and/or TOA. This series may be a subtype of ascending infections in the female genital tract.