A pyometra is when the uterus is distended with pus.
Pyometra are most likely:
- if the cervical canal is obstructed, for example, by malignancy or as a consequence of radiotherapy
- salpingitis may cause pyometra or pyosalpinx
- after the menopause when there is atrophy of the vaginal epithelium and the endometrium - atrophic endometritis
The main complaint is of a purulent discharge which may be blood stained. The discharge accumulates in the uterus to form a pyometra which on examination, will be enlarged, soft and tender.
Treatment is via drainage of the pyometra. The cause of the pyometra is treated.
Last reviewed 01/2018