Chorioamnionitis is  a condition in which  bacteria infects the chorion and amnion  ( membranes thats surround the fetus)  and amniotic fluid ( fluid in which the fetus floats ) . This can lead to infection in both the mother and fetus. This condition requires that the baby be delivered as soon as possible.




What are the causes of Chorioamnionitis ?


It is usually caused by a bacterial infection  that usually starts from the mother’s urogenital tract . The infection starts in the vagina, anus  or rectum  and moves  up into the  uterus where the fetus is located . Chorioamnionitis is rare and is one of the causes  premature birth .


Who is at risk of Chorioamnionitis ?


Factors that can increase your risk for this condition include :

What are the symptoms of Chorioamnionitis?


Although it can be asymptomatic, some pregnant women with this pregnancy complication   may experience these symptoms.

  • high temperature and fever
  • sweating
  • fast heartbeat
  • the uterus becomes tender to the touch
  • unusual smell of vagina discharge

How is it treated ?


If you are diagnosed with this condition, doctors will give you antibiotics  to help treat the infection. However usually the treatment is to deliver the baby. If the newborn has an infection, he/she will be given antibiotics.


Are there any associated complications ?


If the condition is severe and the pregnant woman goes untreated, she might develop the flowing complications.

  • infections in the pelvic area and abdomen
  • blood clots in the pelvis and lungs
  • endometritis
  • sepsis

The newborn may face the following complications

Content Sources
Chorioamnionitis. Cleveland Clinic. Accessed June 13th, 2017

Chorioamnionitis During Pregnancy. What to Expect. Accessed June 13th, 2017

Chorioamnionitis: Infection in Pregnancy. Healthline. . Accessed June 13th, 2017

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