Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Postpartum Infection Overview

What is a postpartum infection?
A woman with a postpartum infection has an infection in the uterus, bladder, or breast that follows childbirth. Examples of postpartum infections include urinary tract infection, endometritis, or mastitis.

What are the symptoms of a postpartum infection?
Symptoms of a postpartum infection depend on the type of infection. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include pain during urination and blood in the urine, symptoms of mastitis include breast swelling and pain, and symptoms of endometritis include abdominal pain and vaginal discharge.

How does the doctor treat a postpartum infection?
Treatment for a postpartum infection depends on the cause. Treatment may include antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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