puerperal sepsis


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sepsis

 [sep´sis]
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.

pu·er·per·al fe·ver

postpartum sepsis with a rise in fever after the first 24 hours following delivery, but before the eleventh postpartum day.

puerperal sepsis

an infection acquired during the puerperium.

puerperal sepsis

Infection 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.

sepsis

the presence in the blood or other tissues of pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins; the condition associated with such presence. See also toxemia, bacteremia.

puerperal sepsis
sepsis occurring after parturition. See also mastitis-metritis-agalactia.
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Thirty-three cases without sterile site isolates were included on the basis of [greater than or equal to] l of the following clinical indicators: probable toxic shock syndrome (13 cases), necrotizing fasciitis (15), pneumonia (4), and puerperal sepsis (3).
1 3 * Pregnancy-related sepsis (included puerperal sepsis and septic incomplete abortion) ([dagger]) Other--deaths trout, meningitis, molar pregnancy, adult respiratory distress syndrome, hepatitis and malaria.
In the first line of their abstract, the authors observe, "Historically, intrauterine clostridial infections have been associated with puerperal sepsis, often subsequent to instrumented abortion.
Puerperal sepsis is the fourth leading cause of maternal mortality in South Africa.