Pelvic inflammatory disease: The importance of aggressive treatment in adolescents
ELLEN S. ROME, MD, MPH
Head, Section of Adolescent Medicine, Cleveland Clinic; Assistant Professor, Ohio State University School of Medicine; Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection of the female genital tract, presents a number of difficult challenges in diagnosis and management. Adolescents in particular require aggressive care of PID to prevent the long-term sequelae of chronic pelvic pain and infertility. This article reviews the etiology, microbiology, diagnosis, and management of PID, with an emphasis on treating adolescents with PID.