What is the significance of a finding of adnexal tenderness in the evaluation of dysmenorrhea?

Updated: Sep 23, 2019
  • Author: Karim Anton Calis, PharmD, MPH, FASHP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Data from the PEACH (Pelvic inflammatory disease Evaluation And Clinical Health) trial shows that the presence of adnexal tenderness has a sensitivity of 95.5% for histologic endometritis. The findings of this trial support empiric treatment of all women at risk for PID with adnexal tenderness and no other obvious cause.

On the basis of data from the PEACH trial, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all women who are at risk for PID and who exhibit adnexal, uterine, or pelvic tenderness on bimanual examination in the absence of any other explanation for these findings be treated empirically for PID. [31]

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