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Causes of perinatal mortality in an African city.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  302156     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Little has been published about the causes of most of the deaths responsible for the high perinatal mortality rates characteristic of preindustrial, urban societies. The present study searched for answers in one such society by identifying the causes of death in a large-scale analysis of perinatal mortality in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A 72% autopsy rate was achieved when 1019 postmortem examinations were performed for 1424 consecutive perinatal deaths. The overall perinatal mortality rate was 65.3 per thousand live births. The ratio of stillbirths to neonatal deaths was 2.7:1, indicating that maternal factors were dominant in causing the deaths. One-third of the deaths were due to amniotic fluid infections, 15% to obstructed labour, 8% to abruptio placentae, and the rest to more than 20 other specific disorders.
R L Naeye; N Tafari; C C Marboe; D M Judge
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bulletin of the World Health Organization     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0042-9686     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull. World Health Organ.     Publication Date:  1977  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-10-31     Completed Date:  1977-10-31     Revised Date:  2010-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7507052     Medline TA:  Bull World Health Organ     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  63-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Death* / etiology
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn*

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