Also known as intra-amniotic infection, chorioamnionitis is an inflammation of the membranes and chorion of the placenta, due to a bacterial infection. It typically results from bacteria ascending into the uterus from the vagina and is associated with longer duration of membrane rupture and/or prolonged labour. Signs and symptoms include:
The presence of two or more of the above criteria indicate an increased risk of neonatal sepsis.
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Medscape (2016). Chorioamnionitis. Available at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/973237-overview MSD Manual (2014) Intra-Amniotic Infection (Chorioamnionitis). Available at: http://www.msdmanuals.com/en-gb/professional/gynecology-and-obstetrics/abnormalities-of-pregnancy/intra-amniotic-infection