What are the possible complications of group A streptococci (GAS) that colonize the genital tract and enter the bloodstream during pregnancy and childbirth?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Puerperal sepsis follows abortion or delivery when streptococci that colonize the genital tract invade the endometrium and enter the bloodstream. Pelvic cellulitis, septic pelvic thrombophlebitis, pelvic abscess, and septicemia can occur. Peripartum genital tract infections with group B streptococci are relatively more common, but fatal peripartum GAS infections have been reported. [25]


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