What is the treatment for tubo-ovarian abscesses (TOAs) that do not resolve with antibiotic therapy?

Updated: May 03, 2019
  • Author: Kristi A Tough DeSapri, MD; Chief Editor: Nicole W Karjane, MD  more...
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Most TOAs (60-80%) resolve with antibiotic administration. If patients do not respond appropriately, laparoscopy may be useful for identifying loculations of pus requiring drainage. An enlarging pelvic mass may indicate bleeding secondary to vessel erosion or a ruptured abscess. Unresolved abscesses may be drained percutaneously via posterior colpotomy, under computed tomographic (CT) or ultrasonographic guidance, laparoscopically, or through laparotomy. For more information on treatment of TOA, see Fallopian Tube Disorders.

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