Ovarian abscess from Salmonella: A case report

Hung Yen Chin, Ping Cherng Chiang, Kuang Chao Chen

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BACKGROUND: An ovarian site of Salmonella bacteremia is rare. The contents of a teratoma may hide the organisms easily. Clinicians should be alert to this possibility when the patient had a teratoma with Salmonella infection. CASE: A 19-year-old woman presented with, a missed menstrual period. An adnexal mass was found during a routine gynecologic examination. The patient had had gastroenteritis 2 months earlier but did not complain of a gastrointestinal problem at presentation. Exploratory laparotomy was performed for a suspected ovarian tumor. An infective teratoma was considered, but the infection source was unknown until the culture report showed a Salmonella infection. CONCLUSION: Salmonella infection is a self-limiting, febrile disease and is unlikely to involve organs other than the gut. A nontyphoid ovarian abscess became a rare late complication of acute gastroenteritis. Clinicians should pay special attention to the differential diagnosis of ovarian tumor in patients with a history of Salmonella infection, especially those with such ovarian lesions as endometrioma or teratoma and with recent abdominal pain, as noted in this case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)762-764
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Abscess
  • Cystic teratoma
  • Ovarian neoplasms
  • Salmonella

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine


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