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.

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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Puerperal sepsis was a common cause of maternal death until the early twentieth century.
Dr Kinirons added: "The source of sepsis was consistent with puerperal sepsis.
To the Editor: Puerperal sepsis remains an important cause of maternal morbidity and mortality, especially in less-developed countries.