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What's a simple way to say what infection from a retained fetus really is?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Uterine infection

The risk for infection does increase with an abnormal pregnancy.
In the case of a retained fetus, the assumption is that the fetus is not alive and that there has been passage of at least some of the uterine contents - a partial miscarriage. In this case the likeihood is that eventually an infection would develope in the uterus - called chorionitis, amnionitis, or endomyometritis.

In brief: Uterine infection

The risk for infection does increase with an abnormal pregnancy.
In the case of a retained fetus, the assumption is that the fetus is not alive and that there has been passage of at least some of the uterine contents - a partial miscarriage. In this case the likeihood is that eventually an infection would develope in the uterus - called chorionitis, amnionitis, or endomyometritis.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Endometritis

Inflammation of the lining of the uterus (womb) or its walls may occur when a fetus dies and does not come out.
This requires intensive care by an obstetrician/gynecologist.

In brief: Endometritis

Inflammation of the lining of the uterus (womb) or its walls may occur when a fetus dies and does not come out.
This requires intensive care by an obstetrician/gynecologist.
Dr. Martin Raff
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