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Pelvic inflammatory disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an inflammation of the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and surrounding tissue. It can be caused by a variety of bacteria or viruses, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The bacteria most frequently responsible are Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis, but bacteria normally found in the vagina and cervix can also be the cause.

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A cyst is an abnormal closed sac (benign tumour) in the body that is generally filled with liquid. Depending on the size of the cyst and the nature of the liquid, a cyst puncture may be indicated.