Tuboovarian abscess caused by Edwardsiella tarda

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1995 Sep;173(3 Pt 1):964-5. doi: 10.1016/0002-9378(95)90380-1.


Edwardsiella tarda infections are uncommon and have often been reported in association with pet reptiles. The majority of these infections occur as gastrointestinal disorders in immunocompromised hosts. We believe this to be the first reported American case of tuboovarian abscess caused by this organism in an otherwise healthy woman whose only known exposure was to raw seafood. This patient had fever and lower abdominal pain caused by a severe Edwardsiella tarda pelvic abscess that required surgical drainage and intravenous antibiotics for complete recovery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess / diagnosis*
  • Abscess / microbiology
  • Abscess / surgery
  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Drainage
  • Enterobacteriaceae Infections*
  • Fallopian Tube Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Fallopian Tube Diseases / microbiology
  • Fallopian Tube Diseases / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy
  • Ovarian Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Ovarian Diseases / microbiology
  • Ovarian Diseases / surgery
  • Seafood / microbiology


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents