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Pgs 371-374 Obstetric Disease and Disorder Terms


inflammation of the amnion


inflammation of the chorion and amnion


cancerous tumor of the chorion


difficult labor


rupture of the uterus


scanty amnion water (less than the normal amount fo amniotic fluid)


much amnion water (more than the normal amount of amniotic fluid, 2000 ml or more - also called hydramnios


termination of pregnancy by the expulsion from the uterus of an embryo before fetal viability, usually before 20 weeks of gestation

abruptio placentae

premature separation of the placenta from the uterine wall


severe complication and progression of pre-eclampsia characterized by convulsion and coma. Eclampsia is a potentially life-threatening disorder.

ectopic pregnancy

pregnancy occurring outside the uterus, commonly in the uterine tubes

placenta previa

abnormally low implantation of the placenta on the uterine wall. (Dilation of the cervix can cause separation of the placenta from the uterine wall, resulting in bleeding. With severe hemmorrhage, a cesarean secton may be necessary to save the mother's life)


abnormal condition encountered during pregnancy or shortly after deliviery characterized by high blood pressure, edema, and proteinuria, butwith no convulsions or coma. The cause is unknown; if not scucessfully treated, the condigino will progress to eclampsia. Eclampsia is the third most common cause of maternal death in the United States after hemorrhape and infection.

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