Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 252, Issue 2, pp 109–112 | Cite as

Listeria Monocytogenes

The role of transabdominal amniocentesis in febrile patients with preterm labor
  • M. Mazor
  • M. Froimovich
  • S. Lazer
  • E. Maymon
  • M. Glezerman
Case Reports


Two women with preterm labor and intraamniotic infection with Listeria Monocytogenes are presented. In both patients, the prenatal diagnosis of Listeriosis was made by transabdominal amniocentesis. The immediate prominent observation was meconium staining of the amniotic fluid. We propose that an amniocentesis should be performed in women with premature labor and fever. If the amniotic fluid is meconium stained and the Gram stain examination reveals Gram positive rods, Listeria Monocytogenes should be suspected and the patient should be treated accordingly until the culture results are obtained.

Key words

Intraamniotic infection Listeria Monocytogenes Preterm labor Meconium Amniocentesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Mazor
    • 1
  • M. Froimovich
    • 1
  • S. Lazer
    • 1
  • E. Maymon
    • 1
  • M. Glezerman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Soroka Medical Center of Kupat Holim, Faculty of Health SciencesBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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