Toxic shock syndrome after laminaria insertion

G. Sutkin, S. D. Capelle, P. M. Schlievert, Mitchell D Creinin

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BACKGROUND: Laminaria tents used to facilitate surgical abortion are rarely associated with significant infectious morbidity. CASE: A parous woman in midpregnancy had laminaria placed in her cervix followed by a second set after 24 hours. Eight hours later, she presented with dyspnea, hives, fever, tachycardia, and hypotension. Antibiotic treatment was initiated and a dilation and evacuation procedure was performed. Amniotic membrane cultures showed a heavy growth of Staphylococcus aureus with staphylococcal enterotoxin C expression, compatible with toxic shock syndrome. CONCLUSION: Laminaria cervical dilation might be associated with toxic shock syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)959-961
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5 SUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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