Chorioamnionitis

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Chorioamnionitis

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Chorioamninitis is a condition involving infection in the uterine cavity involving the fetus and the fetal membranes. It is caused by bacteria from the vagina that ascend into the uterus and create this infection. We tend to see it in women who have prolonged labors. Symptoms include temperature of 100.4, uterine tenderness, maternal and fetal tachycardia and foul smelling discharge from the uterus. If this is diagnosed, delivery is imminent. Antibiotics are always started and for premature fetuses corticosteroids are given to help with lung maturity. If a woman is already in labor and chorioamninitis is happening, antibiotics are given so that the infection isn´t escalated.

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Sherry Ross, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Sherry A. Ross, MD, received her OB/GYN training at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and she was honored with two teaching awards as a senior medical resident. She was a medical consultant on the books Expecting Fitness and Two at a Time.  She also has appeared on MTV, consulted for Fit Pregnancy, People, In Touch, and Shape Magazine. She has been in private practice in Santa Monica, California for the past 20 years. In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Ross was the President of the Upper and Middle Division of Brentwood School and has been on the board of Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles, for three years. She is married and has three children.

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