Which procedures are used to evaluate suspected chorioamnionitis?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Fayez M Bany-Mohammed, MD; Chief Editor: Ted Rosenkrantz, MD  more...
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Procedures that may be used to evaluate suspected chorioamnionitis or neonatal early-onset sepsis (EOS) include the following:

  • Needle aspiration and analysis of amniotic fluid, with ultrasonographic guidance: Can confirm the diagnosis of acute chorioamnionitis

  • Gross/microscopic examination of placenta, fetal membranes, umbilical cord [14]

  • Complete blood cell (CBC) count and inflammatory biomarkers, blood culture, and chest x-ray

  • Controversial: Lumbar puncture of neonates

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