Salmonella sepsis and second-trimester pregnancy loss

Obstet Gynecol. 1992 May;79(5 ( Pt 2)):820-1.


Salmonella can produce bacteremia and disseminated disease, including infection of the intrauterine contents and fetal death. Published experience with salmonella infection in pregnancy has involved typhoid; however, nontyphoid gastroenteritis may also produce sepsis and fetal loss. We present a case of second-trimester fetal death associated with group C1 salmonella sepsis. The literature suggests that early diagnosis and treatment of salmonella infection during gestation is associated with a good pregnancy outcome. We recommend that pregnant women with diarrheal illnesses be evaluated by stool culture for salmonella infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fetal Death / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious*
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Second
  • Salmonella Infections / complications*