Antibiotic prophylaxis for puerperal endometritis following premature rupture of the membranes

R. W. Huff

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The incidence of intrauterine infections following premature rupture of the membranes is high in indigent populations. In 1970 a prospective study was carried out to determine the value of prophylactic antibiotics in preventing puerperal endometritis in such patients. Penicillin and kanamycin were administered when the patients went into labor or when a move was made toward delivery by induction of labor or cesarean section. Antibiotics were continued for two days postpartum. Puerperal endometritis was significantly decreased. Six-year fllow-up has shown no problems with masked infections, superinfections or changes in the antibiotic resistance patterns of cultured pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-82
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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