Author(s): Listwa HM, Dobek AS, Carpenter J, Gibbs RS
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Abstract Amniotic fluid samples from 95 internally monitored patients were examined to determine whether the appearance of polymorphonuclear leukocytes or bacteria could predict intrauterine infection. All patients delivered vaginally. More than one polymorphonuclear leukocyte per oil field were seen in specimens of 32\% of patients; bacteria were seen in specimens of 52\% of patients, and organisms were grown in 93\% of specimens, yet, the overall maternal infection rate was only 6.3\%. Moreover, infection developed in only 10\% of patients with polymorphonuclear leukocytes in the fluid and 6\% of patients with positive gram stain or cultures. For patients who deliver vaginally, the appearance of polymorphonuclear leukocytes or bacteria does not predict infection.
This article was published in Obstet Gynecol
and referenced in Journal of Womens Health Care