Which physical findings are characteristic of postpartum wound 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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Patients with wound infections, or episiotomy infections, have erythema, edema, tenderness out of proportion to expected postpartum pain, and discharge from the wound or episiotomy site.

Drainage from wound site should be differentiated from normal postpartum lochia and foul-smelling lochia, which may be suggestive of endometritis.

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