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What are the effects of chorioamnionitis on babies?

What are the effects of chorioamnionitis on babies?

Depends: "chorio" is an infection in the membranes surrounding the baby, usually near delivery. Mom will often run a fever. This does increase the risk of infection spreading to baby, but usually with good obstetric care including intravenous antibiotics for mom, the baby will be fine. Sometimes right after birth blodo tests will be done on baby to see if signs of infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Cynthia Bergmann
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Infection Of The Uterus (Definition)

Endometritis is an infection in the uterus. It can be caused by many different types of bacteria. It usually presents with lower abdominal pain, abnormal foul smelling discharge, and fever. It can occur following pregnancy and is often seen in women who had a prolonged period of time of ruptured membranes prior to delivery. It is also seen in women remote from ...Read more


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Lost baby at 16 wks due to chorioamnionitis. what are my chances of getting this again? Will I need to see specialists if I want another one?

Lost baby at 16 wks due to chorioamnionitis. what are my chances of getting this again? Will I need to see specialists if I want another one?

See below: Chorioamnionitis(C) occurs in 0.5%-10% of all births. Women who have had C previously are at twice the normal risk of having it again in a subsequent pregnancy. The question of a possible genetic predisposition to C is being studied. No special treatment is given for pregnant women with a prior history of C, but the Dr. must be vigilant for any signs of infection . ...Read more

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I believe i had chorioamnionitis after my cerclage & my ob stated i only had bv. A month later was hospitalized & lost baby. I'm 6 weeks pregnant & worried?

Relax, but see an OB: Chorioamnionitis is very rare in early pregnancy and fairly rare after a cerclage (though it does happen). Bv can be a risk factor for certain pregnant women, and in your case you should be tested and treated if it is present. You will want to see a high-risk pregnancy specialist. They can help decide if you need a cerclage again, when to place it, and what type to place (there are three kinds). ...Read more

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What are the tests for chorioamnionitis?

What are the tests for chorioamnionitis?

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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What are the differences between chronic and acute chorioamnionitis?

What are the differences between chronic and acute chorioamnionitis?

Not sure: Chorioamnionitis occurs in 1-4% of deliveries. I take care of infants born to mothers with this condition and give them antibiotics for at least 2 days until I know they are not infected. Most do just fine and are not infected. The pathologist may see inflammation of varying degrees under the microscope, but that has poor correlation with actual infection of the newborn. ...Read more

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How quickly can a chorioamnionitis infection develop? Is it possible to develop it during labour or is it pre-existing?

How quickly can a chorioamnionitis infection develop? Is it possible to develop it during labour or is it pre-existing?

Varies: Chorioamnionitis usually occurs in labor but yes it can occur before. Typically the longer you're on labor with your water broken the higher the risks. It certainly can occur fast in some cases though. ...Read more

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Are complete blood cell counts useful in the evaluation of asymptomatic neonates exposed to suspected chorioamnionitis?

Perhaps: A CBC could show an elevated white blood cell count, which could be concerning for an infection. Though typically, an infected infant will have either a fever or temperature instability (low temp) - in others words could be symptomatic. ...Read more

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Is it posible to have chorioamnionitis at only 6 weeks? Or will my recurring BV turn into chorioamnionitis once again after cervical cerclage?

Is it posible to have chorioamnionitis at only 6 weeks? Or will my recurring BV turn into chorioamnionitis once again after cervical cerclage?

Very unlikely: Unless you are bleeding at this point in the pregnancy (or if you got pregnant with an intrauterine device in place), it is very unlikely that you would have chorioamnionitis. Not everyone with BV needs to be treated when they are pregnant, but given your history, you should be tested and treated if the test shows you have it. ...Read more

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I had HPV as a teenager. Could that have caused chorioamnionitis during my pregnancy?

I had HPV as a teenager. Could that have caused chorioamnionitis during my pregnancy?

No: The two are not related at all. Hpv for the most part is confined to the squamous cells on the outermost portion of your cervix, of your vagina, vulva and anus. We don't always know why women get chorioamnionitis. Hope you and baby are doing okay. ...Read more

Dr. John Botti
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Amniotic Fluid Infection (Definition)

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


Dr. Janice Alexander
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Infection Of The Pregnancy Membranes (Definition)

Chorioamnionitis is inflammation associated with infection. Its serious so if you have it ...Read more