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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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Volume 29, Issue 2


Tubo-ovarian abscess in non sexually active adolescents

Jawaher A. AlsahabiORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1464-6526 / Lateefa O. Aldakhil
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, King Khaled University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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/ Abdulaziz S. Alobaid
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  • Department of Gyneoncology, King Fahd Medical City, Women’s Specialized Hospital, P.O. Box 59046, Riyadh 11525, Saudi Arabia
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Published Online: 2015-11-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2015-0051


A tubo-ovarian abscess is a rare presentation in non-sexually active adolescents; only 11 cases have been reported in the literature. Variable approaches for diagnosis and management are described. We present a 19-year-old, non-sexually active, medically free girl, who had an abdominopelvic mass with abdominal pain and vomiting followed by fever. She had a confusing presentation of malignancy versus tuberculosis, with the help of imaging, diagnosis and treatment with percutaneous drainage, conservative treatment was achieved. Diagnosis of a tubo-ovarian abscess is difficult in non-sexually active adolescents, a high clinical index of suspicion is important as misdiagnosis may lead to radical and aggressive management, conservative management is possible in many of these patients.

Keywords: adolescent; tubo-ovarian abscess


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About the article

Corresponding author: Abdulaziz S. Alobaid, Department of Gyneoncology, King Fahd Medical City, Women’s Specialized Hospital, P.O. Box 59046, Riyadh 11525, Saudi Arabia, Phone: +00966-11-2889101/+00966-11-2889999/Ex: 9101 – 18151, Fax: +00966-11-2889000, Fax: 9101, E-mail: abalobaid@kfmc.med.sa

Received: 2015-06-29

Accepted: 2015-09-16

Published Online: 2015-11-10

Published in Print: 2017-04-01

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, Volume 29, Issue 2, 20150051, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, ISSN (Print) 0334-0139, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2015-0051.

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