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Low-dose carbenicillin prophylaxis for vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy.

A double-blind prospective study of 99 patients undergoing vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy was performed at North Carolina Baptist Hospital of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. The study indicated that low-dose intravenous carbenicillin begun preoperatively and continued for 24 hours resulted in decreased febrile morbidity, postoperative infection rate, and shortened hospital stay in patients undergoing both vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy. The indications for operation, clinical characteristics of patients, and operative and postoperative management were similar for the control and study groups. For the vaginal hysterectomy group, febrile morbidity was reduced from 34.6% in the control group to 7.7% in the group receiving carbenicillin. For patients undergoing abdominal hysterectomy, febrile morbidity was reduced from 54.1% in the control group to 4.0% in the group receiving prophylactic carbenicillin. Similar reductions for the carbenicillin study group in fever index and average total hospital stay were also noted. Urinary tract infections were determined to be present more commonly in the group of patients with febrile morbidity receiving no prophylactic antibiotics. The incidence of pelvic infections were reduced in both carbenicillin-treated groups. This investigation suggests that low-dose carbenicillin prophylaxis is beneficial in reduction of morbidity following both vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy.[1]


  1. Low-dose carbenicillin prophylaxis for vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy. Roberts, J.M., Homesley, H.D. Obstetrics and gynecology. (1978) [Pubmed]
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