Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether the incidence of urinary tract infections and postpartum endometritis were increased in preeclamptic pregnancies. Method: We conducted a retrospective study of 13 852 pregnant women, using a perinatal database at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, over the past 5 years. The incidence of urinary tract infections and postpartum endometritis was analyzed using the chi-squared test and logistic regression analysis. Statistical significance was set at P < 0.05. Results: There were 345 (2.5%) mild preeclamptics and 440 (3.2%) severe preeclamptics. The incidence of urinary tract infections and postpartum endometritis in preeclamptic patients was significantly higher than that in non-hypertensive pregnant patients. After controlling for confounding variables, severe preeclampsia was still found to be an independent significant risk factor for both urinary tract infections and postpartum endometritis. Conclusion: Our data show a significant increase in urogenital infection in preeclamptic pregnancy. This may reflect higher rates of underlying renal disease and placental bed abnormalities occurring in preeclampsia.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics|
|State||Published - Jun 1995|
- Urinary tract infection
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology