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Woman diagnosed with pustule caused by IUD

By Lee Chung-hsien and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A 54 year-old woman in Taichung’s Fongyuan District (豐原) was diagnosed with a 20cm3 pustule in her uterus after visiting the hospital with severe stomach pains and fever, the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Fongyuan branch hospital said.

The hospital’s department of gynecology director Chang Kun-min (張崑敏) said the patient, surnamed Chen (陳), had a bulging stomach, similar in appearance to someone who is six months pregnant.

The pustule weighed 200g and had formed around an intrauterine contraception device (IUD), Chang said.

Chen was quoted by Chang as saying that she had used the device when she was 34 years old and had not had it removed, adding that over time she had forgotten about it.

Chang said the hospital performed a Pap test and found that the pustule formed because of an actinobacterial infection, adding that the hospital drained the abscess and prescribed three weeks of antibiotics.

Chang said actinobacteria thrive on nutrients in the throat, teeth and the uterus.

“The case illustrates the importance for women using IUDs to have annual ultrasonic scans and Pap tests, as well as having the device replaced on a regular basis,” Chang said.

More than 100,000 Taiwanese women start using IUDs annually, but they should be replaced every five to seven years, Chang said.

Chang suggested that women entering menopause have IUDs removed, as it decreases the risk of infection.

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