Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Uterus Infection Overview

Another name for Uterus Infection is Endometritis.

What is endometritis?
A woman with endometritis has inflammation of the endometrium, usually due to a bacterial infection. The bacteria enter the uterus from the vagina. The endometrium is the layer of cells that line the inside of the uterus. Endometritis is most common after delivery of an infant. Endometritis occurs in about 20 percent of women who undergo a Cesarean section and about 2 percent who deliver vaginally.

What are the symptoms of endometritis?
Common symptoms of endometritis include vaginal discharge, fever, chills, lower abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and pain in the lower back.

How does the doctor treat endometritis?
Treatment for endometritis may include intravenous fluids, antibiotics, and narcotic pain medications or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Dilation and curettage may be required in some cases.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Uterus Infection References
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