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Dr. John Botti
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Amniotic Fluid Infection (Overview)

Intra-amniotic infection (formerly called chorioamnionitis) is infection of the chorion, amnion, amniotic fluid, placenta, or a combination. Infection increases risk of obstetric complications and problems in the fetus and neonate. Symptoms include fever, uterine tenderness, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, and maternal and fetal tachycardia.


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What sort of problem is an amniotic fluid infection?

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

Dr. John Botti
56 Doctors shared insights

Amniotic Fluid Infection (Overview)

Intra-amniotic infection (formerly called chorioamnionitis) is infection of the chorion, amnion, amniotic fluid, placenta, or a combination. Infection increases risk of obstetric complications and problems in the fetus and neonate. Symptoms include fever, uterine tenderness, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, and maternal and fetal tachycardia.


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What are the symptoms of amniotic fluid infection?

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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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What are the tests for amniotic fluid infection?

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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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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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the 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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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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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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What is the definition or description of: Amniotic fluid infection?

Chorioamnionitis: Intra-amniotic infection (formerly called chorioamnionitis) is infection of the chorion, amnion, amniotic fluid, placenta, or a combination. Infection increases risk of obstetric complications and problems in the fetus and neonate. Symptoms include fever, uterine tenderness, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, and maternal and fetal tachycardia. ...Read more

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What causes amniotic infection and how do I prevent it?

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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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What are the tests for amniotic infection?

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?

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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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Are there official recommendations for treating amniotic infection?

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

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

Don't insist!: 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! ...Read more

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My doctor talked over my head. We are confused. What is amniotic infection?

My doctor talked over my head. We are confused. What is amniotic infection?

Amniotic infection: 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. ...Read more

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Can a yeast infection cause a pH strip to turn blue green when testing for amniotic fluid leaking?

Can a yeast infection cause a pH strip to turn blue green when testing for amniotic fluid leaking?

Low ph: Yeast has a very low ph. Bacterial vaginosis can cause a false positive amniotic fluid test because it has a high ph. ...Read more

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How can I increase my amniotic fluid.?

How can I increase my amniotic fluid.?

Oral hydration.: You are not in complete control of your amniotic fluid volume, as this may be mostly reliant on fetal issues. You can and should, however, hydrate yourself vigorously throughout pregnancy and that might help with your amniotic fluid as well. ...Read more

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At what level is amniotic fluid too low?

At what level is amniotic fluid too low?

Amniotic fluid: Fluid levels change throughout pregnancy. When someone has low fluid we call it oligohydramnios. This is where the total amniotic fluid index is less than 5.0 cmtotal or. The largest verticle measured pocket of fluid is less than 2.0 cm. Levels between 5-10 cm is low normal & can be due to multiple causes including dehydration. Discuss these findings with your md. ...Read more

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What is the normal amount of amniotic fluid?

What is the normal amount of amniotic fluid?

Roughly 800 cc: The amount of amniotic fluid is greatest at about 34 weeks (gestation) into the pregnancy, when it averages 800 mL. About 600 mL of amniotic fluid surrounds the baby at full term (40 weeks gestation). Having said that, amniotic fluid is exchanged between mother and her fetus several times a day. ...Read more

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What is th green slime in ny amniotic fluid?

What is th green slime in ny amniotic fluid?

Meconium: Meconium is basically a fetal bowel movement. A fetal bowel movement inside the uterus can occur for no reason but might also signify some intrauterine stress on the baby. ...Read more

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What does it mean if amniotic fluid is thickening?

What does it mean if amniotic fluid is thickening?

Unsure: I am not sure what you are asking. Amniotic fluid is composed mostly of the baby's urine and should be watery like urine. If the amniotic fluid is becoming thick for any reason, it is unlikely to be a good thing. ...Read more

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Is there any way to increase amniotic fluid if it is low?

Is there any way to increase amniotic fluid if it is low?

Rest and hydration: There is not a great definitive way to increase amniotic fluid when it is low. Often times complete rest and hydration are recommended. If the pregnancy is close enough to the due date, delivery is recommended because low fluid is often a sign that the placenta is not working well. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am leaking amniotic fluid?

How to tell if I am leaking amniotic fluid?

See your doc: The way to tell if you are leaking amniotic fluid is to see your doc. We have a couple of tests that we can do. (Amnisure swab, speculum exam testing) Don't wait to go in because it increases risks of infection or preterm issues if you are leaking and do not see your doc. ...Read more

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What causes amniotic fluid to leak at 27 week?

What causes amniotic fluid to leak at 27 week?

A hole: The bag of water is held together by amniotic membranes that have less integrity than an overfilled water balloon. Sometimes, they develop a "hole" and leak and re-seal, and sometimes they don't. Either way you need to tell your OB MD of this development as fetus' can get infected and die if the membranes are truly compromised. ...Read more

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How to tell if you are leaking amniotic fluid?

How to tell if you are leaking amniotic fluid?

Amniotic fluid: That is done with a test by your healthcare worker. ...Read more

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What are the odds of leaking amniotic fluid at 16weeks?

What are the odds of leaking amniotic fluid at 16weeks?

Rare, but possible.: PPROM is rare before 20 weeks, but not unheard of; please see your obstetrician ASAP if you think that you are leaking amniotic fluid vaginally, as this may be a life-threatening complication of pregnancy (both for the embryo and the mother). ...Read more

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Excess+amniotic+fluid+at+24+weeks what are the complications?

Excess+amniotic+fluid+at+24+weeks what are the complications?

Polyhydramnios: Excess fluid is associated with preterm labor, preterm delivery, and increased incidence of breech presentation. However, most cases still end well. The more important question is, what is causing the increased fluid? The cause of the polyhydramnios is the most important issue. Your doctor will know what testing needs to be performed. The findings will determine how your pregnancy is managed. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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