Early Recognition of Serious Infections in Obstetrics and GynecologySOPER, DAVID E. MDClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: December 2012 - Volume 55 - Issue 4 - p 858–863 doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3182730f43 Severe Infections in Gynecology Abstract Author Information Pelvic infections commonly occur in pregnant and postoperative women. Most of these infections are readily diagnosed because of their typical clinical manifestations and prompt antimicrobial therapy that leads to the resolution of disease. However, uncommon cases may escape detection and the severity of the process may also go unrecognized without a careful assessment of clues available through physical examination and laboratory testing. In some cases a particularly virulent pathogen can lead to severe infection, septic shock and its consequences, even death, despite clinicians acting appropriately. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina The author declares that he has nothing to disclose. Correspondence: David E. Soper, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.