Posthysterectomy wound infection. A review

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 1993 Jul;17(1):41-4. doi: 10.1016/0732-8893(93)90068-i.


We reviewed the microorganisms isolated from gynecologic surgery wounds showing signs of infection, from January to December 1990. A total of 88 samples of abdominal wall exudates from as many patients who had undergone abdominal hysterectomy were studied. In 54 women (61.3%), cultures were positive and, in 26 specimens (48.1%), mixed aerobic-anaerobic flora were isolated. In 28 cases (51.9%), a single microorganism was isolated, the most frequent being Staphylococcus aureus, followed by Mycoplasma hominis and Escherichia coli. Mycoplasma hominis was unexpectedly frequent, appearing in five women with wall abscess and fever.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / isolation & purification
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy / adverse effects*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / microbiology*