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Puerperium

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Puerperal fever from breast engorgement (LQ)



A Appears in less than 5% of postpartum women

B Appears 3 to 4 days after the development of lacteal secretion

C Is almost painless

D Is less severe and less common if lactation is suppressed

Ans. D

Is less severe and less common if lactation is suppressed

a. Puerperal fever from breast engorgement is relatively uncommon, affecting 13 to 18% of post partum women.

b. It appears 24 to 48 h following initiation of lacteal secretion and ranges from (100.4 to 102.2°F). Pain is an early and common symptom.

c. Treatment consists of breast support, ice packs, and pain relievers. The incidence and severity of breast engorgement are lower if treatment is given for suppression of lactation.

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