Postabortal endometritis and isolation of chlamydia trachomatis

Marguerite B. Barbacci, Michael R. Spence, Elizabeth W. Kappus, Ronald C. Burkman, Laura Rao, Thomas C. Quinn

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A prospective study of 505 unselected women presenting for induced abortion was undertaken to determine the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis and to determine if cervical isolation of C trachomatis before abortion increases the risk of postabortal endometritis. A comparison of direct fluorescent antibody (slide) test with tissue culture for diagnosing C trachomatis infection also was evaluated in this population. C trachomatis was identified by culture in 89 patients (17.6%) and by direct slide test in 85 patients (16.8%). Six of 17 patients with postabortal endometritis were culture positive for C trachomatis, with a significant correlation between C trachomatis infection and development of endometritis observed (P <.05). These data suggest C trachomatis may play an important role in postabortal endometritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)686-690
Number of pages5
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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