Chapter 41. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Linda Papa MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCP(C), FACEP Director of Academic Clinical Research Adjunct Professor Clinical Associate Professor1,2,3 and
  2. Kurt Weber MD Attending Physician Clinical Assistant Professor1,3

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch41

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Papa, L. and Weber, K. (2008) Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch41

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Emergency Medicine, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida, USA

  3. 3

    Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • pelvic inflammatory disease (PID);
  • differential diagnosis - pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and appendicitis;
  • PID diagnosis - often challenging;
  • Cochrane Library: (pelvic inflammatory disease OR PID OR salpingitis) AND (topic);
  • MEDLINE: (pelvic inflammatory disease OR PID OR salpingitis) AND therapy;
  • laparoscopic diagnosis of acute salpingitis recognized as reference standard for PID;
  • radiographic approaches for women with abdominal and/or pelvic pain;
  • CT role in evaluation of abdominal and pelvic pain;
  • leukocyte scintigraphy - non-invasive, safe and physiological procedure for PID diagnosis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Clinical scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • References