Postpartum retroperitoneal fasciitis: A case report and review of literature

Hiroshi Yagi, Kotaro Fukushima, Shoji Satoh, Yasuharu Nakashima, Masahiro Nozaki, Hitoo Nakano

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)


We present a case of a postpartum female with iliopsoas fasciitis in the puerperium. Two days after a spontaneous vaginal delivery at 38 weeks without any complications, the patient complained of pain in the left thigh and hip, associated with a temperature of 38° C. Consequently, she could not walk 4 days after delivery and her body temperature had increased to 39°C. Extreme left flank pain and tenderness in the left pelvic wall were prominent, whereas the tenderness in the pelvis was moderate. Magnetic resonance imaging led us to diagnose iliopsoas fasciitis. This was complicated by sepsis but improved after a protracted antibiotic treatment without any surgical intervention. A literature review revealed that serious complications, including sepsis or permanent functional disturbance, could arise although retroperitoneal fasciitis and/or abscesses are very rare after vaginal delivery. Iliopsoas fasciitis could be considered when patients complain of extreme pain in the pelvic wall, sacroiliac joint region, or thigh-symptoms that are uncommon in uncomplicated endometritis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Dive into the research topics of 'Postpartum retroperitoneal fasciitis: A case report and review of literature'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this