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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2001;44(9):1645-1649.
Published online September 1, 2001.
Transrectal Sonographically Guided Drainage of Tuboovarian Abscess (TOA).
Sang Yong Kim, Kyung Weon Park, Cheol Woo Gal, Sook Hee Choi, Hyun Ju Kim, Young Chul Beak, Dae Sik Oh, Hoon Seong
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dae Dong Hospital, Pusan, Korea.
2Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Dae Dong Hospital, Pusan, Korea.
We report six patients with tuboovarian abscess (TOA) drained through sonographically guided transrectal route, in whom percutaneous or transvaginal approach was not accessible due to the risk of pelvic organ. METHOD: This procedure was performed under the guidance of transrectal ultrasound. Six patients with aged 25-42 years (mean 31.6 years), who had appendectomy(1), C/S(2), hyterectomy(1) and no operaion Hx(2). Size of abscess cavity was variable from three to eight centimeter. Catheter was removed when drainage amount was reduced less than 10 cc and the patient becomes afebrile. RESULT: Drainage was successfully done in all patients without any complication to the procedure. Fecal contamination was not occurred after transrectal drainage due to abdominal pressure and gravity ought to empty the abscess cavity. There was no problem in defecation due to the catheter and in its expulsion by defecation. Catheter was removed after 3-8 days (mean 6 days) without recurrent abscess. CONCLUSION: Transrectal drainage of abscess performed with ultrasound guidance is a safe, feasible procedure, which is well tolerated by patient and relatively easy procedure.
Key Words: Tuboovarian abscess (TOA), Transrectal drianage

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