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Endometritis

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Endometritis is inflammation of the lining of your uterus. This condition commonly occurs after a woman gives birth, but may also occur in women who have not been pregnant.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

  • Your condition may get worse and become chronic (long-term), even with treatment. If you have surgery, you may bleed too much or get an infection.

  • If your condition is left untreated, your symptoms will get worse. Excess vaginal bleeding may cause blood clots to form. You may have trouble getting pregnant. The infection may spread to other nearby organs and form abscesses. It may also cause abnormal vaginal bleeding, sepsis (severe blood infection), and may be life-threatening.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

Medicines:

  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.

Tests:

  • Blood tests: These will be done to check for an infection.

  • Cultures: Samples of your urine, blood, and vaginal discharge may be taken to find the cause of your infection.

  • Vaginal ultrasound: This test uses sound waves to show pictures of the inside of your uterus (womb) and ovaries. A small tube is placed into your vagina. Pictures of your uterus and ovaries are seen on a TV-like screen.

  • CT scan: This test is also called a CAT scan. An x-ray machine uses a computer to take pictures of your abdomen. You may be given a dye before the pictures are taken to help caregivers see the pictures better. Tell the caregiver if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye.

  • Hysteroscopy: This is done to look at the lining of your uterus. A small scope with a light and camera is placed into your vagina and cervix. Liquid or gas may be put through the scope to help caregivers see better. A sample of tissue from your womb may also be taken during this test.

  • Tissue biopsy: Your caregiver takes tissue from your womb and sends it to a lab for tests.

Treatment:

  • Evacuation: This is done to remove the tissues left in your womb after birth or an abortion.

  • Needle aspiration: This may be needed to drain an abscess in your abdomen. A needle may be placed through your abdomen or vagina and used to remove the pus.

  • Surgery: This may be done to remove pus and infected tissue.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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