Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

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Clinical Features Of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease In Gombe, Nigeria

BM Audu, AU El-Nafaty, T Yusuf


The objective of the study was to evaluate the symptoms and signs of pelvic inflammatory disease among women attending gynaecological clinics. It was retrospective of the clinical features presented by patients over a one year period. Four hundred and eight – nine case of pelvic inflammatory disease were reviewed. Abnormal vaginal discharge was the commonest symptom occurring in 411 (84.0%) patients and associated with vulval pruritus and foul smell n 77. 3% and 40.9% of case respectively. Four hundred and six (83. 0%) patients had lower abdominal pains, while dysmenrrhoea and dyspereunia occurred in 52.4% and 45.4% respectively. Uterine, adnexal and lower abdominal tenderness were commonest demonstrable physical signs in 69.3%, 69.3% and 64.8% of cases respectively. Although fullness in the pouch was not common (4.5%) pelvic ultrasound scan detected collection there in 48% of case
Key Words: Clinical features, pelvic inflammatory disease.
Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice Vol.7(1) 2004: 21-23

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