Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology / 1995 / Article

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Volume 3 |Article ID 271438 |

Katherine L. Williams, Joseph G. Pastorek II, "Postpartum Endomyometritis", Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 3, Article ID 271438, 7 pages, 1995.

Postpartum Endomyometritis

Received06 Sep 1995
Accepted18 Dec 1995


Endomyometritis following parturition is a major cause of maternal morbidity. It is most common following cesarean delivery, especially in certain high-risk patient populations. The infection is usually caused by bacteria in the cervicovaginal tract that are inoculated into the uterus during labor and delivery. Both anaerobes and aerobes are thought to be involved in the disease process. A prompt diagnosis based on clinical suspicion, a thorough physical examination, and adjunctive laboratory measures is necessary to insure effective therapy and prompt resolution of the infection. The treatment consists of supportive care and broad-spectrum antibiotic coverage either with single extended-spectrum drugs or with combinations of antimicrobials. In cases appropriately treated, recovery without sequelae is the rule.

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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