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Table 4 Identified postpartum admission by diagnosis, University Teaching Hospital, July–December 1999

From: Postpartum maternal morbidity requiring hospital admission in Lusaka, Zambia – a descriptive study

Diagnosis Cases (n = 365) Percent of all admissions
Puerperal sepsis 127 34.8
Malaria 53 14.5
Infected tears/episiotomy 26 7.1
Hypertension 24 6.6
Pneumonia 22 6.0
Infected caesarean section 17 4.7
Anaemia 11 3.0
Breast Abscess 10 2.7
Symphisiotomy 9 2.5
Eclampsia 9 2.5
Puerperal Psychosis 7 1.9
"After pains" 6 1.6
Pulmonary Tuberculosis 5 1.4
Pyrexia (not linked to diagnosis) 5 1.4
Postpartum Haemorrhage 4 1.1
Pre-eclampsia 3 0.8
Retained products of conception 3 0.8
Urinary tract infection 3 0.8
Other (gastroenteritis, meningitis, measles etc) 21 5.8