Post partum hemorrhage

Post partum hemorrhage (PPH) refers to uterine bleeding after delivery and remains one of the major worldwide causes of maternal mortality.



A post partum hemorrhage can be board classified as primary or secondary.

Primary post partum hemorrhage 

This is the most common form of major obstetric hemorrhage. The traditional definition of primary PPH is the loss of 500 ml or more of blood from the genital tract within 24 hours of the birth of a baby. It can be minor (500-1000 ml) or major (more than 1000 ml). Major could be divided to moderate (1000-2000 ml) or severe (more than 2000 ml). 

Secondary post partum hemorrhage

Secondary PPH is defined as abnormal or excessive bleeding from the birth canal between 24 hours and 12 weeks postnatally.  

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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Post partum hemorrhage
  • Post partum haemorrhage (PPH)

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