Serological evidence implicating Mycoplasma genitalium in pelvic inflammatory disease

Lancet. 1984 May 19;1(8386):1102-3. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(84)92511-x.


31 women with acute pelvic inflammatory disease, in whom serum antibodies to Chlamydia trachomatis and Mycoplasma hominis could not be detected, were examined for antibodies to Mycoplasma genitalium by a microimmunofluorescence technique. About 40% of them had a fourfold or greater change in the titre of antibody during the one-month period after the onset of disease. This evidence implicates M genitalium in the aetiology of pelvic inflammatory disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / analysis*
  • Female
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / analysis
  • Mycoplasma / classification
  • Mycoplasma / growth & development
  • Mycoplasma / immunology*
  • Mycoplasma Infections / immunology*
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease / etiology*


  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Immunoglobulin G