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Pelvic actinomycosis in women using intrauterine contraceptive devices.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  760536     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Several recent reports have indicated the possible association between pelvic infection caused by Actinomyces and the use of intrauterine contraceptive devices. Seven cases of infection or colonization of the female genital tract have been detected among women using intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD's) at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, from March, 1975, until May, 1977. No single IUD type has been incriminated. The shortest duration of consecutive IUD use before the diagnosis was two and a half years. Six of these cases were detected incidentally at the time of endometrial or endocervical biopsy. The diagnosis in each case was made histologically. One patient presented with severe pelvic inflammatory disease and had Actinomyces identified. This is the first reported death associated with pelvic actinomycosis in a woman using an IUD. This organism must be considered as a possible pathogen whenever a patient with an IUD develops pelvic inflammatory disease.
W D Hager; B Majmudar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  133     ISSN:  0002-9378     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  1979 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-03-24     Completed Date:  1979-03-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  60-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Actinomycosis / etiology*,  pathology
Intrauterine Devices / adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease / etiology*,  pathology
Time Factors

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