Salpingitis due to Entamoeba histolytica

Braz J Infect Dis. 2002 Apr;6(2):97-9. doi: 10.1590/s1413-86702002000200007. Epub 2003 Mar 25.


We describe the pathology of a unique case of Fallopian tube amebiasis, associated with hydrosalpinx, in a 21-year-old woman. She complained of lower abdominal pain, had a foul-smelling green vaginal discharge and fever during one week. There was a discrete increase in body temperature and a painful abdominal palpation at the lower right side, with signs of local peritoneal irritation. Pathological examination showed a marked dilatation of the fallopian tube and hydrosalpinx. Microscopic examination showed a poorly formed granuloma composed of large macrophages with many Entamoeba histolytica trophozoites inside the fallopian tube. Even though it is a rare disease the correct diagnosis of female genital tract amebiasis is of great importance for the indication of proper therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Entamoeba histolytica / isolation & purification*
  • Entamoebiasis / diagnosis*
  • Entamoebiasis / parasitology*
  • Entamoebiasis / surgery
  • Fallopian Tubes / parasitology
  • Fallopian Tubes / pathology
  • Fallopian Tubes / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Salpingitis / diagnosis*
  • Salpingitis / parasitology*
  • Salpingitis / surgery