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Amniotic Fluid Infection In Children
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
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 ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Can a yeast infection cause a pH strip to turn blue green when testing for amniotic fluid leaking?
If women were to purposely birth a baby in its amniotic sac. Wouldn't that lessen the chance of amniotic fluid embolism? I want a en caul birth
It can be difficult: Being able to tell if you "broke your water" can, at times, be difficult to ascertain. Any question that you may have an amniotic leak should immediately be brought to your ob's attention. Nevertheless, some signs may be a constant trickle of fluid or wetness. ...Read more
Hospital admission: If you are talking about water breaking between 24-34 weeks and no labor, you would be admitted to the hospital on bedrest. Steroid injections would be given to help mature the baby's lungs. Antibiotics may be given to reduce the risk of infection in the uterus. The baby would be monitored for heart rate problems and growth problems. ...Read more
Having a lot of amniotic fluid, and a Spina bifida baby at 20 weeks. What are the risks? I want to know your opinion, please.
We can only provide: Information; you & your spouse need to discuss delivery options & outcomes with your Fetal-Maternal Medicine Specialist & the pediatric neurosurgeon who reviewed all of your fetal ultrasounds. Lower limits of fetal viability, ability to survive outside the womb, are 22-25 weeks & survival rates ^ weekly. See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/m/pubmed/11753511/. Take care of yourselves. ...Read more
I am 30 weeks an just found I out that I have to much amniotic fluid an there is some fluid around his brain what couldve caused this?
Ultrasound at 40weeks today showed AFI 28cm. Excess amniotic fluid? All scans until now had normal amount. Should I worry? Glucose test was normal.
High: The AFI is a little above high normal. There can be several causes, including human error on how they measured. You say ALL scans, why were they doing more than one scan during you pregnancy. There must have been other concerns going on. But, since all were normal until now, I would suggest this is still a low risk finding. Speak with your OB for final interpretation. ...Read more
Are cervical tears guarenteed in labor/delivery? If I tear and water breaks and gets in cuts will I have amniotic fluid embolisim? Ifear this big time
No: Cervical tears are not common during labor and delivery, rather quite uncommon ...Read more
My braxton hicks have been. 15min apart at night for 2 days. I was leaking this morning. I don't know if im leaking amniotic fluid. I'm in Third mester?
Yes: The bag of waters can leak amniotic fluid even early in pregnancy. The fluid is fetal urine so some women think they just wet themselves. It is difficult for a woman to know, but there are tests OB providers do to tell if there was rupture of membranes (rom). Because there can be risks to woman and fetus, medical attention is required whenever liquid comes out her vagina as gush or persistent leak. ...Read more
Polyhydramnios: Your amniotic fluid level is a bit high. I would expect that your doctor would be rechecking this at least weekly and if not already done you should be seen by a perinatologist. ...Read more
Test fluid: Have the fluid tested.Get a more detailed answer ›
Rare: Rare and you do NOT get AFE's by pushing - ...Read more
How to tell if leaking amniotic fluid or just watery discharge? 26.5 weeks having small gushes of fluid when I wake/stand up and wetness on liner
See your doctor: Amniotic fluid can be detected best at your ob's office using various tools. If you're having gushes of fluid with movement, I suggest you see your OB for an ultrasound and an exam to check the fluid to ensure it's not amniotic fluid. ...Read more
How can I tell if my baby has low amniotic fluid? The ultrasound looks like it doesn't have any fluid for it. It almost looks like it's squished in th
Possibly but u need: To discuss this at length with your OB because u will need increased frequency of ultrasound because if the fluid becomes too low or the baby is not growing properly you will need early delivery by csection but this will be determined by your OB and I am sure your OB will be having u seeing a perinatologist also. ...Read more
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