A pelvic abscess refers to a walled-off collection of pus in the pelvis.
Some of the causes include:
- pelvic inflammatory disease (tubo-ovarian abscess)
- iatrogenic e.g. post-surgical
- inflammatory bowel disease
Presenting complaints are varied and include pelvic or low back pain accompanied by fever and leukocytosis.
Treatment and prognosis
Percutaneous abscess drainage which is the standard treatment for abdominal and pelvic abscesses in the absence of an acute surgical abdomen. Broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy is given concurrently.