Bacterial infection and human fetal wastage

J. B. Lessing, R. Amster, S. A. Berger, M. R. Peyser

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Twenty-eight of 57 fetuses delivered after intrauterine death were found to have a variety of aerobic and facultative bacteria in the heart, anus, placenta, brain and cerebrospinal fluid. Subclinical maternal bacteremia, possibly originating in the urinary tract, appears to be a common cause of second- and third-trimester fetal demise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-976
Number of pages2
JournalThe Journal of reproductive medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1989


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