Puerperal Fever

Historically the terms puerperal fever and childbed fever referred to any acute fever occurring in puer-perae during the first few days after delivery. Less frequently, the terms were also applied to sympto-matically similar diseases that occurred during pregnancy or even among the newborn. From a modern point of view, what was formerly called puerperal fever includes a range of disorders most of which would now be referred to as puerperal sepsis. Typically, puerperal sepsis involves postpartum infection in the pelvic region, but it can refer to disorders focused in other areas, such as mastitis. In modern usage, the term puerperal fever occurs mainly in discussions of the great fever epidemics that afflicted maternity clinics in earlier centuries.

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