amniotic fluid infection

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An amniotic infection is a condition where the fluid in the womb becomes infected by bacteria. This is a dangerous condition to both the mother and the baby, and a mother may experience abdominal pain, fever, and abnormal vaginal discharge.
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What are the tests for amniotic fluid infection?

Amniocentesis

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The diagnosis is suggested by severe abdominal pain, decreased fetal movement, and maternal fever. The definitive test is amniocentesis, which is to obtain a sample of fluid, usually under ultrasound guidance, and then sending the fluid for appropriate laboratory studies. This is a very serious condition that, if confirmed, almost always requires delivery of the baby
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What are the symptoms of amniotic fluid infection?

Pain, fever.

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Abdominal pain, decreased fetal activity and fever usually are the main manifestations of the intraamniotic infections.
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What sort of problem is an amniotic fluid infection?

Infection of fluid

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An amniotic fluid infection is an infection of the fluid around the fetus within the uterus. It is thought that this may trigger premature birth at times.
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How long does amniotic infection last?

Depends

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Chorioamnionitis if detected and treated with antibiotics may start to improve after a day or two.
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What are the tests for amniotic infection?

Cultures

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Blood, amniotic fluid and cervical cultures are useful to determine intraamniotic infection, however clinical criteria are sufficient to clinch the diagnosis and prompt expert medical therapy is warranted to promptly evacuate the uterus. Low amniotic fluid glucose, positive Gram stain, and increased white cell count in the amniotic fluid are all suggestive of intraamniotic infection.
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what causes amniotic infection and how do I prevent it?

You can't

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Amniotic infection (chorio) can be caused by prolonged rupture of membranes, vaginal or cervical infections or some infections that affect the whole body and spread to the uterus through the blood. If you think your bag of waters is broken, go to the hospital. If you think you may have any infection, see your doctor. If antibiotics are prescribed, take them.
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Are there official recommendations for treating amniotic infection?

Usually delivery

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An amniotic infection will most often result in spontaneous labor and delivery. When labor does not happen spontaneouly, the usual management is to induce labor or proceed with a cesarean delivery, if cesarean delivery is indicated. In either case (labor or cesarean), antibiotics would be initiated and very likely continued well after delivery for both the mom and the baby.
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My doctor talked over my head. We are confused. What is amniotic infection?

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An amniotic infection is an infection of the membranes which make up the bag of waters and surround the fetus. This kind of infection usually happens during labor. Another name for it is chorioamnionitis. An infection of the amniotic membranes can affect both the mother and the child.
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Dr. John Botti answered:

Can I insist upon a preventative cerclage after having suffered a loss at 23 wks due to amniotic infection that caused the sac to protrude?!

Don't insist!

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There is still a lot to learn about the continuum of preterm birth, but cerclage should be reserved for two or more consecutive midtrimester deliveries, or a shortened cervix by ultrasound (<1.5 cm) between 16-24 weeks. Other therapies include 17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate injections, vaginal progesterone, and early pregnancy treatment of vaginal infection/inflammation. Confer with your OB!
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Can a yeast infection cause a PH strip to turn blue green when testing for amniotic fluid leaking?

Low ph

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Yeast has a very low pH. Bacterial vaginosis can cause a false positive amniotic fluid test because it has a high pH
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