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<< Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment in the Emergency Department (Pharmacology CME)

Introduction

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an inflammatory disease of the upper female reproductive system that is caused by an ascending infection. It is characterized by inflammation and tenderness of the uterus, cervix, and adnexa. PID is common and costly, with a yearly incidence of 750,000 to 800,000 cases and $2 billion in annual direct costs in the United States.1,2 The majority of patients with PID present with mild-to-moderately severe disease and are managed as outpatients.Only a small percentage of patients progress to severe or complicated illness.

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