Bacteremia in septic abortion: Complications and treatment

J. W. Smith, P. M. Southern, J. D. Lehmann

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Anaerobic organisms are the most common organisms recovered in blood cultures from patients presenting with septic abortion. An analysis of complications arising with each species of bacteria indicates a rational approach to antimicrobial therapy. The combination of penicillin and tetracycline is effective against the majority of organisms recovered in blood culture. Since hypotension with oliguria is a feature of infection with gram-negative organisms, kanamycin should be added to cover organisms that are tetracycline-resistant. Gas-gangrene antitoxin should be administered if the features of clostridial septicemia are present. Early curettage remains a significant feature of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-708
Number of pages5
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1970

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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