Infect Chemother.  2009 Oct;41(5):305-308. 10.3947/ic.2009.41.5.305.

An Unusual Case of Tubo-ovarian Abscess by Gemella morbillorum

  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Myongji Hospital, College of Medicine, Kwandong University, Goyang, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Myongji Hospital, College of Medicine, Kwandong University, Goyang, Korea.


Gemellae is a gram positive cocci that forms part of the oropharyngeal microflora in humans and is anaerobic to aerotolerant. Unlike the other members of the same genus, G. morbillorum rarely causes human infections. Recently, we experienced a case of tubo-ovarian abscess caused by G. morbillorum which was initially suspected to be actinomycosis associated with intrauterine device. This is the first case in the world on tubo-ovarian abscess with G. morbillorum as the culprit.


Tubo-ovarian Abscess; Intrauterine device; Gemella morbillorum

MeSH Terms

Gram-Positive Cocci
Intrauterine Devices


  • Figure 1 A computed tomography imaging of the pelvis shows both adnexal masses (right adnexal mass : 9.0×4.0×5.0 cm, left adnexal mass : 5.6×6.7×6.4 cm)


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