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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31827362fc
Severe Infections in Gynecology

Group A Streptococcal Infections in Obstetrics and Gynecology

RIMAWI, BASSAM H. MD*; SOPER, DAVID E. MD*; ESCHENBACH, DAVID A. MD

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Abstract

Group A streptococcal (GAS) infections continue to be an infrequent, but potentially lethal infections in women despite the victory over childbed fever in the 1800s. Invasive group A streptococcal infection still causes 40% of septic deaths among patients with postpartum endometritis, necrotizing fasciitis, and toxic shock syndrome. Many times symptoms and signs of this infection are nonspecific, but laboratory evaluation can suggest serious infection. The prudent combination of antibiotic and surgical therapy can be lifesaving.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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