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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1998;41(9):2488-2490.
Published online January 1, 2001.
A Case of Pelvic Actinomycosis Associated with Intrauterine Contraceptive Device.
T Hur, N H Yang, D S Kim, M A Lee, S J Cho
Abstract
Actinomycosis is a slowly progressive infection due to an anaerobic gram-positive bacterium. Actinomycotic infection of the female genital tract are rare. The presence of a long-standing intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) is a well-known risk factor in young women. The diagnosis is frequently missed preoperatively. Actinomyces infection should be born in mind in the differential diagnosis of a young female with an IUD, fever, and abdominal mass. All patients with IUDs should undergo annual cytologic smears. We have experenced a case of pelvic actinomycosis associated with IUD and report this case with a brief review of literatures.
Key Words: Pelvic actinomycosis, Intrauterine contraceptive device ( IUD )


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