Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Causes And Symptoms

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PID does not denote a particular condition of the body or a body part. It refers to inflammation that can occur in any part of the reproductive system and the genital tract. Be it the inflammation of the fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix etc.-all come under the purview of this term. Various terms such as Salpingitis, Cervicitis, Endomentritis etc. refer to the inflammation of a specific part of the reproductive term and thus automatically form a part of PID.

It is caused by a bacterium known as Chlamydia-that also causes a disease by the same name. This bacterium is very difficult to handle and some doctors fear it more than even viruses as far as its reach and diagnosis are concerned.

Infection in the case of PID assumes various shapes and severity levels. The inflammation may be minor, major (accompanying reddening) or involving boils that get filled with pus. In advanced stages the boils can even burst and cause damage to the inner pelvic cavity as well as to the tissues of liver.

The reason that PID is present in varied forms makes accurate diagnosis extremely difficult. In some cases even qualified doctors are misled by the nature and type of infection and may even label their patients as ‘depression cases’. The real cause is mostly with the swelling of one or more inner reproductive parts, that often leads to a feeling of being in poor health and depression in the patient. As you would agree, depression is such a misleading term that once a patient is labeled as ‘under depression’, it is assumed that a proper physical cause can’t probably be found out.

A sure diagnosis of PID is possible through laparoscopy in which a special kind of microscope is used to physically monitor inflammation inside the reproductive organs. This microscope is inserted into the body through the abdomen and is capable enough to trace even the slightest of inflammation.

Many a time it also happens that if PID is not diagnosed or not treated properly, it subsides on its own and then again surfaces at a later time because of some shock, distress etc. In case of women, this is a common phenomenon as they are more prone to emotional/physical traumas in comparison to men.

If the infection is acute, sudden and violent it can lead to the bursting of boils that form inside the reproductive organs. This bursting aggravates infection even more and can turn fatal in some of the cases.

In case the infection is not acute but has become chronic, it is sure to leave a general feeling of discomfort for a very long time to come even for the whole life. Actually, this feeling of uneasiness is a result of permanent damage that chronic PID does to the tissues. Strong antibiotics will eventually kill all the infection, but they can’t do away with this feeling of general discomfort.

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