How much does cesarean delivery increase the risk for endometritis?

Updated: Apr 25, 2019
  • Author: Michel E Rivlin, MD; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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A study by Tuuli et al indicated that the risk of endometritis is significantly higher in cesarean deliveries performed during the second stage of labor (10 cm cervical dilation) than in those performed during the first stage (less than 10 cm dilation). Comparing 400 second-stage deliveries with 2105 first-stage procedures, the investigators found endometritis rates of 4.25% and 1.52%, respectively. A study by Asicioglu et al also found a higher endometritis rate, along with greater risk of other complications, in second-stage cesarean deliveries. [11, 12]


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