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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

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


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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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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

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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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How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

It does not!: Meconium passage in utero is common and generally without consequence provided there is no fetal distress. Amniotic fluid embolism is a very rare but almost always lethal maternal complication of late pregnancy. The two conditions are unrelated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Meconium stained amniotic fluid?

What is the definition or description of: Meconium stained amniotic fluid?

Meconium staining: Sometimes, however, a baby has a bowel movement before or during birth. If this happens, the amniotic fluid released when the mother's bag of water breaks will have a greenish tint. At times when the baby is not getting enough oxygen before or during birth, the baby may take a breath and inhale some meconium, which can irritate the baby's lungs and cause lung problems that can be severe. ...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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What happens when a newborn inhales meconium and amniotic fluid?

What happens when a newborn inhales meconium and amniotic fluid?

Meconium aspiration: babies born through meconium stained amniotic fluid are at risk of aspiration. meconium can cause blockage of airway and inflammation of lung tissue. Babies with meconium aspiration frequently show sings of breathing difficulties and need to be admitted to Neonatal ICU for support and observation. ...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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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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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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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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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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Can a doctor see Meconium stains on a baby during a C section even when he wasn't told by the midwife that the amniotic fluids were stained with Mecon?

Can a doctor see Meconium stains on a baby during a C section even when he wasn't told by the midwife that the amniotic fluids were stained with Mecon?

In some areas: Meconium can pass ant any time before/during/of after labor/delivery. If I look at the umbilical cord, it will often show meconium staining that reflects passage prior to or during labor. The more intense the stain the longer the kid was surrounded by the material before delivery. Even small amounts may stain the fluid enough to stain the umbilical tissue. The midwife may never see it. ...Read more

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Cf,ds,cmv all ruled out.other causes for echo bowel?if fetus swallowed stained amniotic,isn't t a pblm?can I ve blood in amniotic fluid.is t normal?

Cf,ds,cmv all ruled out.other causes for echo bowel?if fetus swallowed stained amniotic,isn't t a pblm?can I ve blood in amniotic fluid.is t normal?

Need more info.: I gather there was a concern your baby might have Cystic Fibrosis, Down's Syndrome or CytoMegaloVirus and am glad your baby doesn't. If he or she has swallowed blood-stained fluid, it shouldn't hurt the baby directly. But I don't know what you mean by "echo bowel", why extra tests were done or why there's blood in the amniotic fluid. These are important questions that you should ask your OB. ...Read more

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If my baby passes meconium and i deliver vaginally could i get an infection??

If my baby passes meconium and i deliver vaginally could i get an infection??

Meconium: Meconium passage increases the risk of postpartum endometritis but not chorioamnionitis. Length of labor, internal monitoring, and number of vaginal exams are risk factors for chorioamnionitis. ...Read more

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Amniotic fluid embolism ....can someone in this world of medicine help me...Can't get any help in Miami fl cause it's so rare.. I'm not well .

Amniotic fluid embolism ....can someone in this world of medicine help me...Can't get any help in Miami fl cause it's so rare.. I'm not well .

Are you sure?: Are you sure you have an amniotic fluid embolus? It is not a chronic condition. It is an acute emergency, usually happening at the time of delivery, and is life threatening. Do you mean pulmonary embolism, which is also life threatening but not always an acute event. The risk of pulmonary embolus is increased during pregnancy. ...Read more

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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 ?

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 ?

Depends: Sometimes fluid level is high for no reason, sometimes it's related to diabetes, infection, birth defect, etc. I'm not sure what to make out of "fluid around brain" without looking at the images. Your doctor should be able to elaborate on this. ...Read more

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Is excess amniotic fluid a cause for concern?

Is excess amniotic fluid a cause for concern?

Yes: Excess amniotic fluid can be associated with diabetes, infection, and birth defects that prevent the fetus from swallowing. It can also be associated with an increased risk of stillbirth. Once the causes above have been eliminated, testing of the fetus' wellbeing should be done until delivery. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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