Acute Salpingitis in a Nonsexually Active Adolescent

Daniel M. Fein, Catherine R. Sellinger, Michele J. Fagan

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Acute salpingitis is an uncommon cause of an acute surgical abdomen, especially in an adolescent who is not sexually active. The following is a case of a 12-year-old girl who denied sexual activity, had a remote history of an appendectomy, and a recent diagnosis of a large, right-sided ovarian cyst, who presented with acute abdominal pain, urinary symptoms, and fever. The patient was ill-appearing and progressed to uncompensated septic shock in the emergency department despite aggressive fluid resuscitation and empiric antibiotics. She ultimately underwent an exploratory laparotomy and was diagnosed with acute bilateral salpingitis. This case highlights the diagnostic dilemmas facing those caring for an adolescent girl with abdominal pain and presents an extremely rare etiology for abdominal pain in a nonsexually active adolescent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)853-855
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • acute abdomen
  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • salpingitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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