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Unread 02-11-2004, 12:48 AM
Complications/staph in vaginal cuff

Hi Ladies -

About a month ago I got really sick - vaginal bleeding, nausea, abdominal pain. My GYN removed a bunch of granulation tissue (I am nearly five months post-op) put me on antibiotics and sent me for a CT scan. The CT scan revealed a 'nodule' that the radiologist said could be recurrent tumor. My GYN says No Way, not possible. After a few days of antibiotics, I got worse, so they changed me to clindamycin, did a bone scan which was normal, a colonoscopy - normal too - although they removed a small polyp, and sent me to an infectious disease specialist. I was diagnosed with staph in the vaginal cuff. I have been on IV antibiotics for 11 days (rocephine) - can self administer at home - and will likely keep this annoying IV line for several more weeks.
The infectious disease Dr says he thinks I have bladder adhesions, and the stitches holding the bladder are too tight - so it looks as if surgery is on the horizon again. The thing I am most paranoid about is the 'nodule'. It's 2 x 1.7cm - and is on the right side of my pelvis above the vagina. The infectious disease Dr says it would take years for any missed cancer cells to get that large and it's most likely scar tissue or possibly a dense abscess - although the radiologist noted that it wasn't an abscess. They will repeat the CT scan after the antibiotics are done.

Has anyone heard of getting a staph infection in the vaginal cuff? It hurts like crazy! How about the 'nodule' - anyone else had anything like this?

SIGH! I am so ready for everything to get back to normal, and I was just starting to get over cancerhead when this came up!

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Unread 02-11-2004, 03:42 AM

to hear you are having problems. I hope you feel better soon.

Unread 02-11-2004, 07:49 AM
Complications/staph in vaginal cuff


I'm sorry to hear that you're dealing with this difficulty. The uncertainty is the worst! And I guess we're all prone to cancerhead once there's been a cancer diagnosis in our history.

But hopefully this will turn out to be something easily taken care of. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Keep us informed!

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Unread 02-11-2004, 09:11 AM
Complications/staph in vaginal cuff

Hi Jads,

I hope everything turns out to be ok, just an easily treatable infection. I believe staph infections are very common and we can get them anywhere, butI sure understand the cancer head. I too have much problem with scar tissue around the bladder,
Unread 02-11-2004, 09:34 AM
Complications/staph in vaginal cuff

Thanks Ladies for the support. The staph infection will get better I am sure - they said it's a nasty one - but the antibiotics are pretty strong.
How does a person get staph after surgery anyway? Egads!
I am sure the 'nodule' isn't cancer - and my bloodwork is normal - but getting beyond the cancerhead is a challenge to be sure.
Unread 02-11-2004, 02:14 PM
Complications/staph in vaginal cuff

When I was younger my siblings and I used to get staph infections constantly. The doctors never found out why. Although I never had one on my vaginal cuff, I had them in just about every other place on my body. I think they can appear just about anywhere.
Unread 02-12-2004, 10:33 AM
Complications/staph in vaginal cuff

Hi, Jan--

Are you under the care of a gynecologic oncologist? If not, I would suggest a consult with one. I saw from one of your first posts that your pathology report included a lot of things besides cancer, including endometriosis. It's always possible that the endometriosis is back, and perhaps showing up as that "nodule." But I would want to be under the care of a gyn-onc given your cancer history. I would take copy of all test results, including surgical and pathology reports, to the appointment and see what his/her take is on everything.

Good luck,

Unread 02-12-2004, 11:58 AM
Complications/staph in vaginal cuff

Hi MoeKay -

You know my DH and I were talking about this last night. My GYN/ONC originally referred me back to my GYN for follow-up care - but we are thinking of getting another opinion. They didn't remove lymph nodes when they did my surgery, so this makes me uneasy.
I asked my GYN a while back if it isn't conceivable for some cancer to be outside the uterus given they removed endometrial tissue from the pelvic wall. She didn't think so. But isn't endometriosis a result of endometrial tissue being splalyed outside the uterus? I didn't realize I even had endometriosis until after the surgery - I had bee ndiagnosed with it 20 years ago and treated for eight months with Danocrin (sp?). She thought the endometrial tissue could have been left over from that bout 20 years ago.
I still feel uneasy about all this - I don't know what it is - maybe a gut feeling?
If anyone has a GYN/ONC recommendation in the Seattle area please e-mail me privately.
Thanks again.
Unread 02-12-2004, 12:03 PM
Complications/staph in vaginal cuff

Another thing that makes me nervous is that I keep bleeding intermittently even after two full weeks on the IV rocephin.
Unread 02-12-2004, 02:35 PM
Hiya Jads

Its most important that you go to see a gyn/onc. I dont understand why you were referred back to a gyn?? I was under a gyn/ob and well there were a lot of problems that came to light later on. So much so that it is now in the hands of a Barrister. Best thing all around is to make an appointment with an oncologist/gyn and im sure things will get sorted out very quickly and you will get a good result.

take care


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