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Gynecol Obstet Invest. 1994;38(3):198-205.

Risk factors in puerperal endometritis-myometritis. An incident case-referent study.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Central Hospital Maputo, Mozambique.


Postpartum endometritis-myometritis (PPEM) was identified in 51 women after vaginal delivery, who were compared with 51 healthy referent parturients, matched for age, parity and days postpartum. Socio-economic background data, past and current obstetric history and clinical data from recent delivery were analyzed. Endocervical and intracavitary cultures and blood cultures were performed and serological analyses of syphilis and HIV antibodies were carried out. No socio-economic factor studied discriminated significantly between cases and referents. Previous stillbirth (OR 9.44) and previous low-birthweight delivery (OR 3.90) occurred significantly more often among cases. In recently past pregnancy preterm delivery (OR 10.07), low birthweight (OR 16.55) and serious neonatal morbidity (OR 14.27) were significantly more common among cases. Cases and referents differed also significantly in body mass index < 22.5 (OR 3.41), left mid-upper-arm circumference < 25 cm (OR 2.66), haemoglobin < 100 g/l (OR 3.12) and high-risk classification in antenatal care (OR 11.95). Bacterial intracavitary cultures tended to be positive and have anaerobes more frequently in cases than in referents. It is concluded that women with PPEM in the setting studied belong to a group at risk also regarding adverse fetal outcome, both in recently past and in previous pregnancies.

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