Despite the introduction of new potent antibiotics and their widespread use, infection remains a frequent source of significant morbidity and mortality on obstetric and gynecologic services. The goal of this chapter is to provide practitioners with the knowledge necessary to manage pelvic infections and to prevent the prolonged morbidity and mortality associated with such infections. To accomplish this goal, physicians require an understanding of the pathogenesis of pelvic infections, the microorganisms involved, appropriate microbiologic techniques to identify these pathogenic organisms, the antibiotics available and their spectrum of activity, the potential toxicities associated with the available antibiotics, and an awareness of the crucial role surgery may have in the management of pelvic infections. In this chapter not all aspects of infectious diseases as related to obstetrics and gynecology can be covered. Rather, the author has chosen to discuss in depth recent developments in the area of pelvic infections. In particular, the concept of mixed aerobic and anaerobic infections and their implications for the obstetrician-gynecologist will be reviewed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual|
|Number of pages||31|
|State||Published - 1980|
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