puerperal sepsis

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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
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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.
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Low complete recovery rate in this study could be due to the late referral,unbooked status, poverty, poor general health, and mismanagement at local maternity units same could be the reason of high mortality rate in this study 56(28.57%) with associated obstetrical emergency conditions like postpartum haemorrhage, ante partum haemorrhage, puerperal sepsis, eclampsia, ruptured uterus, these were the women who were anaemic,late referral, and in morbid condition, same is reported by other studies.16-20
Amongst those who delivered at the AKUH, 1(0.75%) maternal death due to puerperal sepsis and 9(7%) of neonatal deaths were recorded.
Participants were identified as having confirmed puerperal sepsis by continuous surveillance for postnatal admissions for sepsis, or as having 'possible mild wound infection' (our own term), based on information obtained from follow-up telephone calls made to participants at 14 days postpartum.
Objectives: To describe the presentation, management, and outcome in patients admitted with puerperal sepsis.
pyogenes was isolated from a nonsterile site in combination with probable streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) or another severe manifestation (pneumonia, necrotizing fasciitis, puerperal sepsis, meningitis, or septic arthritis).
The foundation module focuses on 'The midwife in the community' while the others each specifically relate to one of the known frequent causes of maternal mortality worldwide: postpartum haemorrhage, obstructed labour, puerperal sepsis, eclampsia and managing incomplete abortion.
An inquest was opened and heard the cause of death was severe abdominal infection puerperal sepsis which can affect women after childbirth.
She is particularly interested in reducing the high incidence of puerperal sepsis, an infection following childbirth.
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." 1
Rarely, infection results in invasive disease, with clinical manifestations that include NF, pneumonia, meningitis, puerperal sepsis, and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS).