Can the diagnosis of pelvic inflammatory disease be excluded without a bimanual examination
Department of Pediatrics; Department of Psychiatry; Senior Scholars Program
Medical Subject Headings
Adolescent; Adult; Ambulatory Care Facilities; Chlamydia Infections; Emergency Service, Hospital; Female; Gonorrhea; Humans; Medical Records; Pelvic Inflammatory Disease; Retrospective Studies
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Female Urogenital Diseases and Pregnancy Complications | Pediatrics
Now that urine-based tests are available for detection of Chlamydia and gonorrhea, we sought to determine whether history alone could be used to exclude pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and thus preclude a bimanual examination. The study design was a retrospective chart review. The study population included females aged 15-24 years diagnosed with PID. Outcome measures were documentation of screening symptoms (abdominal pain, dyspareunia, or abnormal vaginal bleeding) in the medical record. Our primary analysis was sensitivity of screening symptoms for identifying patients with PID. At least 1 of the 3 screening symptoms was reported by 93% of the PID group. If absence of all 3 screening symptoms were used as a screening instrument to exclude a bimanual examination, many women with lower genital tract symptoms could be evaluated noninvasively. However, this approach could result in delayed diagnosis of PID in a small number of patients. Before this strategy is adopted, a large prospective study is needed.
Rights and Permissions
Citation: Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2004 Mar;43(2):153-8.
Fisher, Lloyd D.; Fletcher, Kenneth E.; and Blake, Diane R., "Can the diagnosis of pelvic inflammatory disease be excluded without a bimanual examination" (2004). Adolescent Medicine. 7.