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Streptococcus constellatus Tubo-ovarian Abscess in a Non-Sexually Active Adolescent Female

Mills, D.; Sharon, B.; Schneider, K.

Pediatric Emergency Care 34(6): E100-E101

2018


ISSN/ISBN: 1535-1815
PMID: 29851923
DOI: 10.1097/pec.0000000000000753
Accession: 072580470

Tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA) in non-sexually active female adolescents is a rare presentation to the pediatric emergency department. In the following case, bilateral TOA secondary to Streptococcus constellatus was diagnosed in a 13-year-old virginal female. The patient was seen 4 months before presentation for interventional radiology-guided drainage and antibiotic treatment for an intra-abdominal abscess due to suspected appendiceal rupture. Exploratory laparotomy on the most recent presentation demonstrated an appendix with inflammation and serositis on pathology report, a concern for chronic appendicitis with microperforation and subsequent bacterial translocation of the bilateral ovaries. This case report identifies a rare cause, pathogen, and the patient's demographics presenting with bilateral TOA. Most importantly, this case demonstrates the need for emergency medicine physicians to have a high index of suspicion for TOA in patients with a significant medical history of intra-abdominal pathology to promptly diagnose and treat high-morbidity pathology.

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