Puerperium is a period following child birth during which body tissues especially the pelvic organs revert back approximately to pre-pregnant state both anatomically and physiologically. Normally, it lasts for 6 weeks after delivery.
What is puerperal pyrexia?
also called childbed fever, is a rise of temperature reaching 100.4 degree Fahrenheit or 38 degree celcius measured orally on 2 separate occasions at 24 hours apart ( excluding first 24 hours) within first 10 days following delivery is called puerperal pyrexia.
Causes of fever during Peurperium
Puerperal Sepsis : Most common cause. It is an infection of genital tract which occurs as a complication of delivery. Peuperal pyrexia is considered to be due to genital tract infection unless proved otherwise.
Urinary tract infection
Mastitis : breast infection
Infection of cesarean section wound
Septic pelvic thrombophlebitis
Recrudescence of malaria or pulmonary tuberculosis
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