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Cesarean Childbirth (cont.)

Post Cesarean Section Assessment

A health care professional may assess the following conditions after a cesarean section:

  • Examine the surgical incision for infection.
  • Check to see if the wound has separated (possibly just on the surface).
  • Assess for infection of the uterus and abnormal amounts of vaginal bleeding.
  • Make sure the bladder or the kidneys are not infected.
  • Make sure severe anemia is not present from delivery-related blood loss.
  • Make sure there is no evidence suggesting a clot in the deep veins that is either localized or has moved to the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
  • Conduct a pelvic examination.
  • Order further evaluation with blood tests, uterine cultures, urine tests, and imaging.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/26/2012
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