Chorioamnionitis Follow-up

  • Author: Michael P Sherman, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Ted Rosenkrantz, MD  more...
Updated: Jan 02, 2016

Further Outpatient Care

Depending on the nature of the infection and other risk factors associated with the hospitalization (eg, extreme prematurity, need for home oxygen), an outpatient follow-up visit may be scheduled from 1 day to 2 weeks after discharge. Home health care follow-up visits by a reliable and well-trained nursing service may also be indicated.


Further Inpatient Care

Both the mother with suspected chorioamnionitis and her newborn with suspected sepsis require frequent assessments over the first 48 hours following birth. Mothers with chorioamnionitis who appear well after a brief intravenous course of antibiotics may be discharged on oral antibiotic therapy, but comprehensive outpatient follow-up care is required. General and gynecologic health is usually normal after maternal chorioamnionitis.

Term neonates undergoing an evaluation to exclude sepsis who consistently appear well can probably go home with their mothers within 48 hours after birth. Septic-appearing neonates usually receive any antibiotic therapy via the parenteral route until treatment is deemed complete and the infant is well.


Inpatient & Outpatient Medications

Outpatient antibiotics used to treat a term neonate with rule-out sepsis have not been evaluated. Some managed care plans have discharged neonates with proven infection who appear well after antibiotic therapy. These newborns complete a course of intravenous antibiotics at home. The intravenous antibiotics are often administered via a percutaneous venous line placed before hospital discharge. A visiting nurse comes to the home to administer the antibiotics twice daily.

Depending on the type of infection found in the neonate, the duration of intravenous therapy with antibiotics ranges from 7 days (eg, perhaps pneumonia with rapid improvement) to 4-6 weeks (eg, osteomyelitis). The actual duration of treatment for different types of neonatal infections has not been studied. The duration of treatment for neonatal infections is often based on experience rather than evidence-based.



Infected neonates born at hospitals with level 1 (normal) or level 2 (special care) nurseries may require transfer to a level 3 or 4 neonatal ICU (NICU).

Transfer depends on the circumstances of the neonatal infection, degree of prematurity, presence of anomalies, and other pathophysiologic states.

Reasons for transfer of the neonate from a level 1 or 2 nursery to a higher-level facility are outlined in Consultations.

Transfer requirements such as oxygen or assisted ventilation, mode of transportation (eg, ambulance, helicopter, fixed wing aircraft), and health care personnel to transport the patient are beyond the scope of this article.



Maternal antibiotic chemoprophylaxis is related to urogenital colonization with group B streptococcus (GBS). Mothers are screened for GBS-related colonization at 35-37 weeks' gestation. Preterm labor before 35 weeks' gestation means that knowledge of GBS-related colonization of the urogenital tract is not immediately available. The CDC has published guidelines for "Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Disease."[178]

GBS-related chemoprophylaxis is the program of this type related to maternal chorioamnionitis. Treatment bacterial vaginosis to prevent preterm birth has been considered, although its effectiveness is questioned. When a mother has signs and symptoms of chorioamnionitis during the intrapartum period, the administration of antibiotics is warranted to treat not only the mother but also her fetus, which may have acquired infection because of the placental disease.



For the mother with chorioamnionitis, serious infectious complications include endometritis, localized pelvic infections requiring drainage, and intra-abdominal infections. Maternal chorioamnionitis or other secondary infectious complications may cause thrombosis of pelvic vessels and the potential for pulmonary emboli.

Serious complications, including septic shock, pulmonary hypertension, respiratory failure, and meningitis, occur in early onset bacterial infections of the neonate. The duration of hospitalization can be quite prolonged in an extremely premature infant because of infectious complications such as maternal chorioamnionitis or congenital pneumonia. Either condition increases the probability of chronic lung disease in prematurely born and term babies.[61, 197, 198]



The outcome of neonatal infections depends on the causative organism, nature of infection, time of infection onset to administration of appropriate therapy, symptoms at time of birth, and gestational age of the infant. Prematurity and birth defects are cofactors that must be considered when a prognosis is offered to parents or caregivers of an infected newborn. When each of these factors is considered, a prognosis may be provided.

Outcome may not be evident during the neonatal period, and long-term follow-up care is indicated in these infected neonates.[23, 52, 55] Thus, referring these infants to a neonatal follow-up clinic after discharge is prudent. Parental permission should be obtained for transfer of health-protected information because records of the maternal and neonatal course assist in delineating neurologic pathophysiology. In addition to potential long-term neurologic insults, chorioamnionitis may increase the risk of childhood asthma.[199]


Patient Education

Parents or other caregivers of infected neonates need specific instructions about their subsequent care. This is particularly true for secondary complications associated with these infections. For example, caregivers of an infant with meningitis that has post-infectious hydrocephalus requiring a ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement needs to have specific instructions about shunt-related malfunction or shunt-related infection. Education of the parents related to the recognition and management of seizures would be mandatory before discharge.

Similarly, caregivers of patients with long-term pulmonary complications of congenital pneumonia may require specific education (eg, administration of oxygen or use of bronchodilators at home). Parental education in neonatal resuscitation is indicated for many graduates of the NICU.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Michael P Sherman, MD, FAAP Professor, Department of Child Health, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine; Neonatologist, Women’s and Children’s Hospital; Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Michael P Sherman, MD, FAAP is a member of the following medical societies: American Pediatric Society, American Society for Microbiology, American Thoracic Society, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, European Society for Paediatric Research, Western Society for Pediatric Research, Perinatal Research Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Immunologists, Society for Pediatric Research

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.


Katsufumi Otsuki, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Showa University Koto-Toyosu Hospital, Japan

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Naomi F Lauriello, MD Assistant Professor of Neonatology, University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Naomi F Lauriello, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics

Disclosure: Partner received consulting fee from Janssen Scientific Affairs for consulting; Partner received consulting fee from Reckitt Benckisser Pharmaceuticals for consulting.

Specialty Editor Board

Mary L Windle, PharmD Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Arun K Pramanik, MD, MBBS Professor of Pediatrics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Arun K Pramanik, MD, MBBS is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Thoracic Society, National Perinatal Association, Southern Society for Pediatric Research

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

Ted Rosenkrantz, MD Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Ted Rosenkrantz, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Society, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, American Medical Association, Connecticut State Medical Society, Society for Pediatric Research

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Ted Rosenkrantz, MD Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Ted Rosenkrantz, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Society, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, American Medical Association, Connecticut State Medical Society, Society for Pediatric Research

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.


Research by the author, Michael Sherman, is supported by NIH grant R44 HD 057744 and a grant from the Gerber Foundation. The author appreciates the review of the manuscript undertaken by Jan Sherman, RN, NNP, PhD, and her helpful recommendations for improvement.

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