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What causes chorioamnionitis?

Chorioamnionitis is caused by introduction of bacteria into the womb. These bacteria usually "swim" up the genital tract to the uterus, so a vaginal infection such as vaginosis or an STD can be the source of the bacteria. The use of internal fetal monitoring devices and premature rupture (that is, rupture that occurs before labor begins) of the membranes around the baby can also introduce microorganisms into the uterus.

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