Use of laparoscopy to determine the microbiologic etiology of acute salpingitis

Richard L Sweet, John Mills, Keith W. Hadley, Edward Blumenstock, Julius Schachter, Marilyn O. Robbie, Deborah L. Draper

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Abstract

To determine the microbiologic etiology of acute salpingitis, laparoscopy was used in 26 patients to obtain specimens for a variety of microorganisms directly from the fallopian tube. Simultaneous culdocentesis was performed to obtain peritoneal fluid for microbiologic analysis. A variety of microorganisms were isolated from the fallopian tubes and cul-de-sac aspirate. However, the organisms isolated from the fallopian tube were not consistent with the cul-de-sac isolates. It appears that direct culture from the fallopian tube may be necessary to determine the microbiologic etiology and pathogenesis of acute salpingitis. N. gonorrhoeae was isolated from the cul-de-sac in 32 per cent of cases and the fallopian tube in 19 per cent. In patients with endocervical gonorrhea, the gonococcus was isolated from the fallopian tube in 38.5 per cent of cases. Aerobic and/or anaerobic bacteria were present in the cul-de-sac aspirate in 46 per cent of patients and in the fallopian tube in 38 per cent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-74
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume134
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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