Tubo-Ovarian Abscess Caused by Candida Albicans in an Obese Patient.
J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2015 May;37(5):426-9
Authors: To V, Gurberg J, Krishnamurthy S
BACKGROUND: Tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA) arises in most cases from pelvic infection. Appropriate treatment includes use of antimicrobials and, especially in patients with increased BMI, drainage of the contents.
CASE: A 44-year-old morbidly obese woman (BMI 72) had a persistent TOA despite receiving antibiotic treatment for four months. She had no history of diabetes, and denied being sexually active. Imaging demonstrated a pelvic abscess of 14.9 × 8.9 × 11.1 cm. Successful percutaneous drainage was performed yielding purulent material which grew Candida albicans. The patient recovered after drainage of the abscess and the addition of fluconazole to her antimicrobials. She had no apparent risk factor for acquiring such an opportunistic infection, other than her morbid obesity.
CONCLUSION: Because morbid obesity may confer a relative immunodeficiency, morbidly obese patients may develop unusual infections such as opportunistic fungal abscesses.
PMID: 26168103 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]