International Journal of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology
2019, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part C
Two-consecutive cases of toxic shock syndrome from intravaginal traditional fertility treatment: a case report
Author(s): Jombo SE, Olugbemide OA, Okogbo FO and Bankole IA
Abstract: Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a bacterium based super-antigen mediated disease that is potentially fatal. Its incidence has been waxing and waning; however in recent times there has been significant reduction in occurrence due to improvement in menstrual hygiene and withdrawal of highly absorbent tampons. This is a report of two consecutive cases of toxic shock syndrome following intra-vaginal traditional infertility treatment. Both were friends with long years of infertility who went for traditional fertility treatment and had a molded substance prescribed to be inserted into the vagina, “that the longer it stayed the more effective it would work”. First case presented two days after insertion but remove it because of unbearable burning sensation while the second presented in coma from septic shock four days after insertion of the substance. This clearly showcases the fact that the duration of the offending substance in the vaginal predicts strongly the prognosis and severity of the disease and calls for women’s education on vaginal hygiene, and to create awareness to alternative medical practitioners on the danger associated with traditional vaginal pessary. It may also suggest strongly the need for routine clinical enquiry for vaginal hygienic practices and pelvic examination in women with sudden febrile illness.
Jombo SE, Olugbemide OA, Okogbo FO, Bankole IA. Two-consecutive cases of toxic shock syndrome from intravaginal traditional fertility treatment: a case report. Int J Clin Obstet Gynaecol 2019;3(2):151-154. DOI: 10.33545/gynae.2019.v3.i2c.27