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Postpartum Complicat

The Woman with a Postpartum Complication Definitions

atony absence or lack of usual muscle tone
dilation and curettage (D&C) stretching of the cervical os to permit suctioning or scraping of the walls of the uterus. the procedure is performed ot obtain samples of utering lining tissue for laboratory examination, during the postpartum period to remove retained placental fragment
embolus a mass that may be composed of a thrombus (blood clot) or amniotic fluid released into the bloodstream to cause obstruction of pulmonary vessels
hematoma localized collection of blood in a space or tissue
hydraamnios or polyhydramnious excess volume of amniotic fluid (more than 2000 mL at term)
hypovolemia abnormally decreased volume of circulating fluid in the body
hypovolemic shock acute peripheral circulatory failure caused by loss of circulating blood volume
mastitis infection of the breast
metritis infection of the decidua, myometrium, and parametrial tissues of the uterus
placenta accreta placenta that is abnormally adherent to the uterine wall. if the condition is more advanced, it is called placenta increta (the placenta extends through the uterine muscle)
psychosis mental state in which a person's ability to recognize reality, communicate, and relate to others is impaired
subinvolution slower than expected return of the uterus to its nonpregnancy size after childbirth
thrombus collection of blood factors, primarily platelets and fibrin, that may cause vascular obstruction
Created by: janagooden