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Table 1 Underlying cause of death

From: A ten year analysis of maternal deaths in a tertiary hospital using the three delays model

Cause N (%)
Direct maternal deaths 162 (78.3%)
 Postpartum haemorrhage 51 (24.6%)
 Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy 41 (19.8%)
  • Eclampsia 21 (10.1%)
  • Severe preeclampsia 20 (9.7%)
 Sepsis 20 (9.7%)
 Thromboembolism 12 (5.8%)
 Anaesthetic complications 9 (4.3%)
 Uterine rupture 7 (3.5%)
 Placenta previa 5 (2.4%)
 Placental abruption 4 (1.9%)
 Hyperemesis gravidarum 4 (1.9%)
 Suspected amniotic fluid embolism 3 (1.4%)
 Ectopic pregnancy 2 (1.0%)
 Molar pregnancy 2 (1.0%)
 Acute uterine inversion 2 (1.0%)
Indirect maternal deaths 42 (20.3%)
 Cardiac disease 13 (6.3%)
 Hepatic diseases 10 (4.9%)
 Chronic chest diseases 6 (2.9%)
 Malignancy 5 (2.4%)
 Chronic renal diseases 5 (2.4%)
 Idiopahic thrombocytopenic purpura 3 (1.4%)
Other causesa 3 (1.4%)
Total 207 (100%)
  1. aOther causes include two cases of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and one case with anaphylactic reaction