How is chorioamnionitis treated?

If your doctor diagnoses chorioamnionitis, he or she may treat you with antibiotics to help to treat the infection. However, often the treatment is to deliver the fetus. In addition, if the newborn has an infection, he or she will be given antibiotics, as well.

What are the complications of chorioamnionitis?

If the mother has a serious case of chorioamnionitis, or if it goes untreated, she might develop complications, including:

  • Infections in the pelvic region and abdomen
  • Endometritis (an infection of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus)
  • Blood clots in the pelvis and lungs
  • Sepsis (a life-threatening infection in the blood)

The newborn might also have complications from a bacterial infection, including sepsis (infection of the blood), meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and the spinal cord), and respiratory problems.

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