What is the role of imaging studies in the workup 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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Pelvic ultrasonography may be helpful in detecting retained products of conception, pelvic abscess, or infected hematoma.

Contrast-enhanced CT or MRI are useful in establishing the diagnosis of septic pelvic thrombosis. [12]

In some cases, a contrast-enhanced CT examination of the abdomen and pelvis may be helpful if concurrent concern is present for other non-pregnancy–related abdominal/pelvic sources of the infection (eg, appendicitis, colitis).


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