A study of maternal mortality at a tertiary health care centre in Mangalore, Karnataka

Kavitha D'Souza, Kumar P.K. Kiran, K. Jayaprakash, Francis N.P. Monteiro, Prashantha Bhagavath, Sheena Krishnan, Haneil Larson D'Souza

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Pregnancy-related death is defined by the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the cause of death. A six year retrospective hospital record-based research regarding maternal deaths conducted at Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore, situated in coastal Karnataka, South India. It included the data regarding age, parity, status of the patient on admission mode of delivery and cause of death. Of the total 3621 females delivered 17 maternal deaths were reported. The majority (29.4%) of the cases were from age group of 21-25years. Multigravida and in antepartum state had a greater number (10) of deaths. Majority (29.3%) of the patient succumbed for sepsis. Sepsis and obstetrical haemorrhage are still major causes of maternal deaths. Most maternal deaths are preventable. The provision of timely management of complications can lower maternal mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-69
Number of pages4
JournalMedico-Legal Update
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 27-11-2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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