Antibiotic prophylaxis reduces perineal wound problems

06/12/2008 | Medscape (free registration)

Fewer cases of perineal wound complications were found two weeks after delivery among women given antibiotic prophylaxis at the time of repair, compared with women given a placebo. The study included women who had third-degree or fourth-degree perineal tears after vaginal delivery. Complications occurred among 8.2% of patients who received antibiotics compared with 24.1% of women who received the placebo.

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