Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
1. the presence in the blood or other tissues of pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins.
puerperal sepsis sepsis after childbirth, due to putrefactive matter absorbed from the birth canal; see also puerperal fever.
postpartum sepsis with a rise in fever after the first 24 hours following delivery, but before the eleventh postpartum day.
an infection acquired during the puerperium.
puerperal sepsisInfection in the female genital tract within 10 days of childbirth, MISCARRIAGE, or ABORTION. There is fever, pain in the lower abdomen and an ill-smelling vaginal discharge. The main site of infection is the raw area on the inside of the womb previously occupied by the PLACENTA but infection may spread to the Fallopian tubes causing SALPINGITIS and sterility or may progress to cause PERITONITIS and SEPTICAEMIA. Treatment is with antibiotics and the surgical removal of any remaining products of conception.
the presence in the blood or other tissues of pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins; the condition associated with such presence. See also toxemia, bacteremia.
sepsis occurring after parturition. See also mastitis-metritis-agalactia.