Context and Definition


Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a common presentation to primary and secondary care. Sequelae can include infertility, chronic pelvic pain and an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. Early recognition and treatment can reduce these complications.1 This learning session will cover the pathophysiology, assessment and treatment of PID and equip you with the knowledge and confidence to manage this important presentation in the Emergency Department.


What is pelvic inflammatory disease?

PID is a general term for an infection of the upper genital tract (involving the endometrium, fallopian tubes or ovaries). It can lead to local abscess formation or pelvic peritonitis.2