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Hum Pathol. 1990 Dec;21(12):1288-9.

Tubo-ovarian abscess caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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Department of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC 20306-6000.


A 46-year-old black woman underwent exploratory surgery for evaluation of a tender mass in her abdomen. During the exploratory surgery bilateral tubo-ovarian abscesses ruptured. Specimens from both tubes and from the wall of the abscesses contained bacteria seen on the Brown-Hopps tissue gram stain. The bacteria were gram-positive, lancet-shaped diplococci characteristic of Streptococcus pneumoniae. Immunoperoxidase stains confirmed the identification of the organism as S pneumoniae.

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