The return of life-threatening puerperal sepsis caused by group A streptococci

Lawrence Nathan, Mark T. Peters, Annelle M. Ahmed, Kenneth J. Leveno

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A dramatic decline in the prevalence of serious puerperal infection caused by group A β-hemolytic streptococci has been observed throughout most of the twentieth century, and it is currently a very uncommon cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. We report on two term pregnancies complicated by profound multisystem organ failure caused by group A streptococcal puerperal sepsis. This report serves to highlight the apparent return of serious group A streptococcal puerperal sepsis and to emphasize the clinical implications and sequelae attributable to an old yet virulent enemy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-572
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1993


  • Group A Streptococcus
  • puerperal fever
  • sepsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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