Vol 78, No 12 (2007)
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Pelvic actynomycosis as the result of a long standing use of an intrauterine device. Case report

Wiesława Chmielewska, Małgorzata Walentowicz, Urszula Gręźlikowska, Marek Grabiec
Ginekol Pol 2007;78(12).

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Abstract The aim of the study was to introduce a case of a 49-year-old woman who had been using an intrauterine contraceptive device for 20 years. The pelvic actynomycosis in her case led to sepsis and consequently to her death. Colonisation Actinomyces israeli in women using IUD may amount up to even 20%, however infections occur very seldom. Following the recommended time of IUD usage, cytology and early start of antibiotic therapy may protect patients against the Actinomyces infection.

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