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J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2011 May;22(5):678-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jvir.2010.10.032. Epub 2011 Mar 21.

Image-guided drainage of tuboovarian abscesses of gastrointestinal or genitourinary origin: a retrospective analysis.

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Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, One Deaconess Road, Boston, MA 02215, USA.



To analyze the authors' success with image-guided drainage of tuboovarian abscesses (TOAs).


Retrospective analysis of patients with image-guided TOA drainage from 1999 to 2008 was performed. Patient recovery without salpingo-oophorectomy was considered clinical success. A total of 57 TOAs were drained in 49 female patients (mean age, 43; range, 12 to > 89).


Thirty-three (58%) TOAs were drained percutaneously using computed tomography guidance and 24 were ultrasound guided (21 transvaginally, three transabdominally). Fifty-three TOAs were drained with catheter placement, and four were drained with aspiration alone. Abscess etiologies include pelvic inflammatory disease (n = 21, 37%), gastrointestinal conditions related (n = 21, 37%), gynecologic surgery (n = 8, 14%), and other (12%). Image-guided drainage resolved TOAs without salpingo-oophorectomy in 74% of cases overall (42 of 57) and 88% (29 of 33) of gynecologic-related cases, including 95% (20 of 21) of pelvic inflammatory disease cases. Salpingo-oophorectomy was performed more often in gastrointestinal-related cases (10 of 21, 48%) than for all other causes (five of 36, 14%; P < .001), with concurrent bowel surgery performed in the majority of the gastrointestinal-related cases. Mean follow-up after image-guided drainage was 48 months (range, 1-113) in patients who did not have related surgery. In patients who underwent salpingo-oophorectomy, it was performed on average 2.2 months (range, 0.5-5) after initial drainage. Two minor complications occurred; both involved catheter transgression of the urinary bladder in patients with transvaginal ultrasound-guided drainages. The patients were successfully treated conservatively with Foley catheter bladder decompression, without prolonged hospitalization.


TOAs, especially of gynecologic origin, can often be managed successfully with image-guided drainage. After image-guided drainage, patients with gynecologic-related TOA were less likely to undergo salpingo-oophorectomy than patients with gastrointestinal-related TOAs.

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