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Dr. John Botti
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Amniotic Fluid Infection (Overview)

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 sort of problem is an amniotic fluid infection?

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What sort of problem is an amniotic fluid infection?

Infection of fluid: 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. ...Read more

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Amniotic Fluid Infection (Overview)

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.


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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What are the symptoms of amniotic fluid infection?

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What are the symptoms of amniotic fluid infection?

Pain, fever.: Abdominal pain, decreased fetal activity and fever usually are the main manifestations of the intraamniotic infections. ...Read more

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Dr. David Doucette
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What are the tests for amniotic fluid infection?

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What are the tests for amniotic fluid infection?

Amniocentesis: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
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What sort of problem is an amniotic fluid infection?

Dr. Frederick Shieh
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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Infection of fluid: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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What are the symptoms of amniotic fluid infection?

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Pain, fever.: Abdominal pain, decreased fetal activity and fever usually are the main manifestations of the intraamniotic infections. ...Read more

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Dr. David Doucette
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What are the tests for amniotic fluid infection?

Dr. David Doucette
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
34 years in practice
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Amniocentesis: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Are there official recommendations for treating amniotic infection?

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Usually delivery: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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What are the tests for amniotic infection?

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
21 years in practice
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What are the tests for amniotic infection?

Cultures: 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. ...Read more

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How long does amniotic infection last?

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How long does amniotic infection last?

Depends: Chorioamnionitis if detected and treated with antibiotics may start to improve after a day or two. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
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What causes amniotic infection and how do I prevent it?

Dr. Sheila Goodman
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What causes amniotic infection and how do I prevent it?

You can't: 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. ...Read more

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