Osteomyelitis of the pubic symphysis in pregnancy

Kendra Gamble, Thomas S. Dardarian, Joseph Finstein, Edward Fox, Harish Sehdev, Thomas C. Randall

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BACKGROUND: Pubic symphysis osteomyelitis during the antepartum period of pregnancy is rare. CASE: We report a patient in the third trimester who presented with pubic pain, low-grade fever, and altered gait. She was found to have a retropubic abscess at the time of cesarean delivery. Radiologic imaging showed findings consistent with osteomyelitis of the pubic symphysis and multiple pus collections in the pelvis and labia. The patient was treated with surgical debridement of the affected bone and placement of antibiotic- impregnated beads. CONCLUSION: Osteomyelitis of the pubic symphysis can have serious complications. The diagnosis should be considered in pregnant patients with clinical findings unusual for pubic symphysis diastases. It can be treated with antibiotic-impregnated beads.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-481
Number of pages5
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number2 II
StatePublished - Feb 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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