Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is pelvic inflammatory disease. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how pelvic inflammatory disease will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a tradition question bank (as all of the answers will be the same), however seeing the classic “test” characterization for a disease is quite valuable.


Question # 1

A 24 year old woman who is nulliparous comes to the physician complain got lower abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. She is not able to keep any food/beverages down without vomiting. She explains that she is sexually active and also uses oral contraceptive pills. Her last menstrual period was 15 days ago. Upon arrival she has a temperature of 102.3°F, her blood pressure is 115/70 mm Hg, and her pulse is 108/min. Her physical exam is notable for dry mucous membranes and a soft abdomen with diffuse tenderness in both lower quadrants. Her external genitalia is not remarkable for any abnormalities. Speculum exam shows prudent discharge from the cervical os. Her uterus is normal in size, but is tender to palpation and motion. The adnexae are tender bilaterally, however no apparent masses can be palpated. A cervical culture is acquired but results are pending. The patient’s urea test for pregnancy is negative. What is the most likely diagnosis?


Page Updated: 10.02.2016