Doppler flow characteristics in patients with pelvic inflammatory disease: Responders versus nonresponders to therapy

R. Tepper, R. Aviram, N. Cohen, I. Cohen, M. Holtzinger, Y. Beyth

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Abstract

Purpose. The objective of this retrospective study was to evaluate the role of Doppler flow studies in predicting the response to antibiotic treatment in patients with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Methods. The resistance indices in pelvic masses of 24 patients with clinical diagnoses of PID were analyzed. Results. Twelve patients responded favorably to antibiotic treatment (the conservative treatment group), while the other patients showed no clinical improvement and underwent surgery (surgical treatment group). The mean resistance index in the conservative treatment group was significantly higher (0.60 ± 0.15) than that in the surgical treatment group (0.52 ± 0.08; p < 0.05). Conclusions. In keeping with hyperemia of inflammation, fallopian arterial resistance seems to decrease with the severity of PID.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-249
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Color Doppler ultrasonography
  • Duplex ultrasonography
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

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