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What are the two most common STIs

Gonorrhea and chlamydia (primary cause for cervicitis and PID


What are some special groups to consider for STI screening/testing?

-Adolescents/young adults
-Correctional facilities
-Sexual abuse


What tests do you use for STIs

Nucleic acid amplification tests


What organism causes gonorrhea

Neisseria gonorrhoeae, gram neg diplococci


Describe gonorrhea

Human disease, asymptomatic with rectal and pharyngeal infections


What is the physiology and structure of chlamydia?

-Strict intracellular parasite
-Asymptomatic often (esp in women)
-Small gram negative bacilli
-Re-infection is common


What does chlamydia cause in men?

Non-gonococcal urethritis, epidiymitis


What does chlamydia cause in women?



salpingitis (inflammation of fallopian tubes)



What is PID?

Inflammation of the endometrium, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. Caused when infectious organisms migrate up the reproductive tract from the cervix


Why to GC and CT lead to PID and cervicitis?

-The cervix is lined with columnar/glandular epithelium which is more susceptible to infection while the vagina is lined by squamous epithelium which is more resistant. CT infects glandular cells of the cervix.

-Vaginal flora contains many organisms, especially Lactobacilli which forms a peroxide and makes the vagina acidic. There is lower O2 medium in the cervix that GC thrives in.

-Cervical mucus is a complex glycoprotein with variable water content. It changes with the cycle. During ovulation, it becomes very copious and thin, making it a great medium for CT and GC

-Endometrium is more vulnerable to infection when it is replicating and thick

-Menstrual flow is a good medium, aiding transmission

-Ovaries with large follicles (cysts) can be a nidus for infection

-When GC and CT cause an upper tract infection, they change the environment so bacteria normally present in the vagina become pathogenic


What are the signs of PID?

Abdomen: Bilateral lower abdominal tenderness, bowel sounds present

Pelvic Exam: Uterus and adnexia cannot be evaluated due to pain and guarding. Marked cervical motion tenderness. Green purulent fluid copiously noted from cervix.

Fever, elevated white count, inflamed fallopian tube with pus from fimbriated end


What is the minimum criteria for diagnosis of PID?

-Lower abdominal pain
-Adnexal tenderness
-Cervical motion tenderness


What are 4 complications from acute PID

1. Infertility
2. Ectopic pregnancy
3. Chronic pelvic pain
4. Tubo-ovarian abscess and peritonitis


How do we treat PID?

-Broad spectrum antibiotics hitting the many bacterium that can be involved


Prevention of PID

Screening and treating and consistent use of condom


Who does PID affect?

Young, sexually active women (70% <25 y/o)


Describe the 3 possible progressions from acute to chronic salpingitis

1. Fimbrial end remains patent
-Causes chronic interstitial salpingitis with a thickened tube. May lead to follicular salpingitis, where the plicae fuse inside the tube to form cystic, glandular structures

2. Spreads to ovary
-Causes tubo-ovarian abscesses. May heal with fibrosis and cause tubo-ovarian mass

3. Occlusion of the fimbrated end
-Presents the release of tubal content leading initially to pyosalpinx. Eventually progresses to hydrosalpinx when exudate is replaced by clear fluid


What is the pathological definition of PID

Chronic salpingitis with involvement of surrounding structures including ovary and paramerium.


Describe the pathology of PID

-Sequelae of chronic salpingitis and adhesions on surface of tube, often spreading to serosa of uterus

-Remissions and exacerbations
-Difficult to eliminate


Describe the relationship between an IUD and PID

NONE! No increased rate of PID or ectopic pregnancy


Describe ectopic pregnancy

Can be due to PID scarring of the Fallopian tubes. Occurs when emryonal implantation occurs anywhere outside uterine cavity. Complications include tubal abortion, tubal heorrhage, and tubal rupture leading to intraabdominal hemorrhage