Tubo-ovarian abscess caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae

Hum Pathol. 1990 Dec;21(12):1288-9. doi: 10.1016/s0046-8177(06)80044-4.


A 46-year-old black woman underwent exploratory surgery for evaluation of a tender mass in her abdomen. During the exploratory surgery bilateral tubo-ovarian abscesses ruptured. Specimens from both tubes and from the wall of the abscesses contained bacteria seen on the Brown-Hopps tissue gram stain. The bacteria were gram-positive, lancet-shaped diplococci characteristic of Streptococcus pneumoniae. Immunoperoxidase stains confirmed the identification of the organism as S pneumoniae.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / diagnosis*
  • Abscess / etiology
  • Fallopian Tube Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Fallopian Tube Diseases / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Ovarian Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Ovarian Diseases / etiology
  • Streptococcal Infections / complications
  • Streptococcal Infections / diagnosis*
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae