Which clinical history findings are characteristic of postpartum infections?

Updated: Oct 11, 2019
  • Author: Andy W Wong, MD; Chief Editor: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE  more...
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Features of postpartum infection vary depending on the source and may include the following:

  • Flank pain, dysuria, and frequency of UTIs

  • Erythema and drainage from the surgical incision or episiotomy site, in cases of postsurgical wound infections

  • Respiratory symptoms, such as cough, pleuritic chest pain, or dyspnea, in cases of respiratory infection or septic pulmonary embolus

  • Fever and chills

  • Abdominal pain

  • Foul-smelling lochia

  • Breast engorgement in cases of mastitis

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