The pelvis comprises the lowermost portion of the abdomen. Inferiorly and laterally, it is surrounded by the bony structures of the pelvis . To a varying degree, it contains structures of the urinary tract, the reproductive tract and the intestines. Infections that occur anywhere in the abdomen may spread into the pelvic region. There are many varieties of pelvic infections. Some of these are related to or result in the development of an abscess, or walled off region filled with pus. An abscess in the pelvic region may occur from generalized abdominal infections, such as peritonitis, or from localized infections. Localized infections may occur in women due to pelvic inflammatory disease, such as salinities, an infection involving the fallopian tubes. Frequently, this leads to the collection of pus in the regions between the bladder and rectum or the bladder and uterus.
Causes of Pelvic Infection, Abscess
There are many causes of pelvic infections and the development of a pelvic abscess. These include any of the varieties of pelvic inflammatory disease or PID. Infections that follow an abortion or occur following the delivery of an infant may be caused by anaerobic bacteria that are particularly serious and likely to spread. The patient may be very ill. Pelvic abscess may develop from appendicitis or diverticulitis. Generalized infections of the abdomen commonly occur as peritonitis. They may occur from numerous conditions, including perforated ulcers, ruptured appendices, etc. They may be some delay in the development of a pelvic abscess. A pelvic abscess may grow quite large, yet produce minimal symptoms. Alternately, it may produce severe signs and symptoms of infection and may be life threatening. Rectal or vaginal examinations may be able to detect a pelvic abscess.
Signs and Symptoms of Pelvic Infection, Abscess
Variable symptoms occur in people suffering from either pelvic infections or a pelvic abscess. Early during the course of the disease, there may be little or no symptoms. With progression, they generally feel unwell and develop fevers, which may vary widely, and/or chills. Abdominal pain may occur. It may be generalized or may be limited to the lower portions of the abdomen and pelvis. Diarrhea occurs and it may be laced with mucus.
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