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View in Spanish: Enfermedad inflamatoria pélvica

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PEL-vik in-FLA-muh-TOR-ee dih-ZEEZ)
A condition in which the female reproductive organs are inflamed. It may affect the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and certain ligaments. Pelvic inflammatory disease is usually caused by a bacterial infection. It may cause infertility and an increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tubes). Also called PID.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.