Postpartum Infections Questions & Answers

Updated: Oct 11, 2019
  • Author: Andy W Wong, MD; Chief Editor: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are postpartum infections?

What is the pathophysiology of postpartum infections?

What causes postpartum endometritis?

What causes postpartum wound infections?

What causes postpartum genital tract infections?

What causes postpartum mastitis?

What causes postpartum UTIs?

What are the risk factors for postpartum infections?

What is the prevalence of postpartum infections?

What are the racial predilections of postpartum infections?

What are the possible complications of postpartum infections?

What is the prognosis of postpartum infections?

Presentation

What is the focus of the clinical history to evaluate postpartum infections?

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of postpartum infections?

What is the focus of the physical exam to evaluate postpartum infections?

Which physical findings are characteristic of postpartum endometritis?

Which physical findings are characteristic of postpartum wound infections?

Which physical findings are characteristic of postpartum mastitis?

Which physical findings are characteristic of postpartum UTIs?

Which physical findings are characteristic of postpartum respiratory tract infections?

Which physical findings are characteristic of postpartum septic pelvic thrombophlebitis?

DDX

Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of postpartum infections?

What are the differential diagnoses for Postpartum Infections?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the workup of postpartum infections?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of postpartum infections?

Treatment

What is included in prehospital care of postpartum infections?

What is included in the treatment of postpartum infections in the emergency department (ED)?

How is postpartum endometritis treated?

How are postpartum wound infections treated?

How is postpartum mastitis treated?

How are postpartum UTIs treated?

How is postpartum septic pelvic phlebitis treated?

When is inpatient care needed for the treatment of postpartum infections?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with postpartum infections?

What long-term monitoring of postpartum infections is needed?

How are postpartum infections prevented?

Guidelines

What is the most significant risk factor for postpartum endometritis?

What are the SPILF/CNGOF guidelines on the diagnosis of postpartum endometritis?

What are the SPILF/CNGOF guidelines on the treatment of postpartum endometritis?

What are the SPILF/CNGOF guidelines on the prevention of postpartum endometritis?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of postpartum infections?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Postpartum Infections?