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Gynecology

Uterus infection

10/27/2009

Question:

What is a uterus infection?

Answer:

A uterine infection can occur after delivery of a baby. The lining of the uterus is a raw surface that can become overwhelmed by the bacteria present and become infected. This is usually associated with a fever, discharge and uterine tenderness worse than can be expected from delivery alone. In the not recently pregnant woman, the uterus can become infected by a sexually transmitted infection and spread from the cervix, to the uterus and finally to the pelvis causing a pelvic inflammation. Both of these need further treatment with antibiotics.

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Response by:

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated