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Sex Transm Infect. 2005 Dec; 81(6): 463–466.
PMCID: PMC1745055

Detection of Mycoplasma genitalium in women with laparoscopically diagnosed acute salpingitis


Methods: Women presenting with pelvic inflammatory disease were laparoscopically diagnosed with salpingitis. Infection with M genitalium in genital specimens was determined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Results: Of 123 subjects with acute salpingitis, M genitalium was detected by PCR in the cervix and/or endometrium in nine (7%) participants, and in a single fallopian tube specimen. In addition, those infected with M genitalium were more often HIV infected than women not infected by M genitalium (seven of nine (78%) v 42 of 114 (37%), p<0.03).

Conclusions: M genitalium is able to ascend into the fallopian tube, but its association with tubal pathology requires further investigation.

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