Pelvic inflammatory disease: diagnosis and treatment in the emergency department

Emerg Med Pract. 2022 Dec;24(12):1-24. Epub 2022 Dec 2.


Pelvic inflammatory disease is associated with complications that include infertility, chronic pelvic pain, ruptured tubo-ovarian abscess, and ectopic pregnancy. The diagnosis may be delayed when the presentation has nonspecific signs and symptoms. Even when properly diagnosed, pelvic inflammatory disease is often treated suboptimally. This review provides evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, disposition, and follow-up of patients with pelvic inflammatory disease. Arranging follow-up of patients within 48 to 72 hours and providing clear patient education are fundamental to ensuring good patient outcomes. Emerging issues, including new pathogens and\ evolving resistance patterns among pelvic inflammatory disease pathogens, are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Abscess*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Oophoritis*
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease* / diagnosis
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease* / therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Ectopic* / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy, Ectopic* / therapy