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Mycoplasma Hominis

Q: Do you have any info on pelvic inflammatory disease from m. hominis infection?

Dr. Donnica:
Mycoplasma hominis is one of the many organisms that may cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women.  PID comprises a spectrum of inflammatory disorders of the upper genital tract among women and may include any combination of endometritis, salpingitis, tubo-ovarian abscess, and/or pelvic peritonitis. Sexually transmitted organisms, especially Neisseria gonorrhea (gonorrhea) and Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia), are the most frequent offenders; however, microorganisms that are part of the normal vaginal flora, such as anaerobes, Gardnerella vaginalis, Hemophilus influenzae, enteric Gram-negative rods, and Streptococcus agalactiae also cause PID. Some experts believe that Mycoplasma hominis and U. urealyticum are the causative agents of PID.

For more information on PID, click here.

Created: 6/1/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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