Genitourinary infections and their association with preterm labor

Lorie F. Cram, Maria Isabel Zapata, Eugene Toy, Benton Baker

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Abstract

Genitourinary tract infections are one cause of preterm delivery. Prematurity is one of the leading causes of perinatal mortality in the United States. Uterine contractions may be induced by cytokines and prostaglandins, which are released by microorganisms. Asymptomatic bacteriuria, gonococcal cervicitis and bacterial vaginosis are strongly associated with preterm delivery. The role of Chlamydia trachomatis, Trichomonas vaginalis and Ureaplasma urealyticum is less clear. By adopting a rational approach to the diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary infections, family physicians can substantially decrease a patient's risk of preterm delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Volume65
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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