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