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Differential diagnosis

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PID must be distinguished from: (1)

  • appendicitis
  • urinary tract infection
  • endometriosis
  • rupture, torsion or haemorrhage into an ovarian cyst
  • ectopic pregnancy
  • spontaneous abortion
  • pelvic adhesions
  • irritable bowel syndrome and on rare occasions other gastrointestinal disorders
  • functional pain - pain of unknown physical origin


1. Curry A et al. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention. Am Fam Physician. 2019 Sep 15;100(6):357-364)

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