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what is the definition or description of: amniocentesis culture positive for group b strep?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
That means...: ...That the waters around the fetus are contaminated with bacteria that can cause severe infections. Must be treated very aggressively.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Infection: If you had an amniocentesis and the fluid grows goup b strep it means that there is possible infection. I hope your doctor has called you about this result, discussed t with you, and suggested a treatment plan.

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I have strep b present in my urine at 18 weeks. What are the risks of this damaging my baby?

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How are group b streptococcal infections spread?

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What treatments are available for group b streptococcal infections?

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What does viral culture and isolation involve?

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