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Related to puerperal: puerperal psychosis, Puerperal sepsis, puerperal mania, puerperal morbidity, puerperal septicemia

puerperal

 [pu-er´per-al]
pertaining to a puerpera or to the puerperium.
puerperal fever an infectious, sometimes fatal, disease of childbirth; until the mid-19th century, this dreaded, then-mysterious illness could sweep through a hospital maternity ward and kill most of the new mothers. Today strict aseptic hospital techniques have made the condition uncommon in most parts of the world, except in unusual circumstances such as illegally induced abortion. Called also puerperal sepsis and childbed fever.

Puerperal fever results from an infection, usually streptococcal, originating in the birth canal and affecting the endometrium. This infection can spread throughout the body, causing septicemia. The preliminary symptoms are fever, chills, excessive bleeding, foul lochia, and abdominal and pelvic pain. In acute stages, the pain spreads to the legs and chest; complications may be serious or even fatal. Treatment consists mainly of administration of antibiotics, which in most instances promptly clear up the infection. If the disease has progressed to an acute stage before treatment begins, blood transfusions may be necessary.

pu·er·per·al

(pyū-er'pĕr-ăl), Avoid the mispronunciation pwerper-ăl.
Relating to the puerperium, or period after childbirth.
Synonym(s): puerperant (1)

puerperal

/pu·er·per·al/ (-al) pertaining to a puerpera or to the puerperium.

puerperal

(pyo͞o-ûr′pər-əl)
adj.
Relating to, connected with, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following childbirth.

puerperal

[pyo̅o̅·er′pərəl]
Etymology: L, puerpus, childbirth
1 pertaining to the period immediately after childbirth.
2 pertaining to a woman (a puerpera) who has just given birth to an infant.

pu·er·per·al

(pyū-er'pĕr-ăl)
Relating to the puerperium, or period after childbirth.
Synonym(s): puerperant (1) .

pu·er·per·al

(pyū-er'pĕr-ăl)
Relating to the puerperium, or period after childbirth.
Synonym(s): puerperant (1) .

puerperal (pūer´pərəl),

adj relating to or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following. See also postpartum.

puerperal

pertaining to a puerpera or to the puerperium.

puerperal fever
puerperal laminitis
puerperal metritis
infection of the uterus in a puerperal female.
puerperal psychosis
1. whelping bitches sometimes display frenzied, destructive behavior and aggression.
2. sows, see farrowing hysteria.
puerperal tetanus
see tetanus.
puerperal tetany
see puerperal tetany.
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Risk of puerperal and non-puerperal recurrence of illness following bipolar affective puerperal (post-partum) psychosis.
After months of doing research, poring over every minute detail that separated his clinic from that of the midwives', the answer finally revealed itself during the autopsy of his friend, Jakob Kolletschka, who had been accidentally stabbed with a scalpel by a medical student during a procedure and whose autopsy revealed that he'd died from a disease that was similar to puerperal fever.
In reality, all three causal hypotheses probably describe the association between pain and PPD in a Canadian puerperal population to some degree.
Uterine involution and fertility of holstein cows subsequent to early postpartum PGF2ct treatment for acute puerperal metritis.
Amongst the leading causes of maternal deaths are puerperal sepsis, haemorrhage, abortions, eclampsia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria [23].
In 1995 Shearer et al (13) published a study of 19,000 puerperal women undergoing subarachnoid analgesia for delivery or puerperal sterilisation.
I would like to add to this well written article that we have also reported acquired methemoglobinemia cases with administration of cytanest in puerperal women with G6PD deficiency and infants in whom erythrocyte cytochrome 65 reductase was assoyed (1-4), which is the main enzyme for methemoglobin reductase in erythrocytes as mentioned by the authors.
The speakers in their respective presentations focussed on reproductive tract infections, puerperal sepsis in tertiary care settings and safety at work- relevance of sterilization and disinfection unanimously identified application of infected and unsafe instruments as a major risk factor for patients.
lgnaz Philippe Semmelweis, a Hungarian physician described as the "savior of mothers/' who discovered by 1847 that the incidence of puerperal fever could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection (by means of hand washing with chlorinated lime solution) in obstetrical clinics.
Separate to postnatal depression, a small number of women may develop the serious condition puerperal psychosis, within the first six weeks after delivery.
Pregnancy outcome after operative correction of puerperal uterine inversion.
The risk of an IUD inserted immediately after childbirth being expelled may be as high as 24%, ACOG noted, and insertion is contraindicated immediately after childbirth for women with peripartum chorioamnionitis, endometritis, or puerperal sepsis.