Ertapenem compared to combination drug therapy for the treatment of postpartum endometritis after cesarean delivery

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Objective: Ertapenem is a broad spectrum carbapenem approved for the treatment of postpartum endometritis. Data regarding clinical outcomes after treatment with ertapenem for endometritis after cesarean delivery are limited. Our objectives were to compare clinical outcomes and cost of ertapenem versus a multi-drug regimen for treatment of endometritis after cesarean delivery. Methods: Retrospectively, patients with endometritis after cesarean delivery who were treated with ertapenem (group A) were compared to those treated with a combination regimen (group B). MannWhitney U and Fisher's Exact were used for statistical analysis with p value <0.05 considered statistically significant. Results: Sixty-three patients were included: 31 in group A and 32 in group B. Demographics and intrapartum characteristics did not differ. Number of administered doses (A: 3, B: 11.5 p<0.0001), cost (A:156.63, B:54.48 p<0.0001) and nursing time in minutes (A: 6.6, B: 25.3 p<0.0001) were different between both groups. Wound complications were higher in group A, occurring in 7 patients compared to 1 patient in group B (p=0.024). Conclusion: Although time and number of administered doses were less in group A, given the high wound complication rate in patients treated with ertapenem, this drug may not be appropriate for all patients with endometritis after CD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-746
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Cesarean delivery
  • Ertapenem
  • Postpartum endometritis


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