Childbed fever: Fever due to an infection after childbirth, usually of the placental site within the uterus. If the infection involves the bloodstream, it constitutes puerperal sepsis. Childbed fever was once a common cause of death for women of childbearing age, but it is now comparatively rare in the developed world due to improved sanitary practices in midwifery and obstetrics. Also known as childbirth fever and puerperal fever.
- Childbirth fever
Childbirth fever: Fever usually due to an infection of the placental site within the uterus. This is called endometritis. Childbirth fever is also called childbed fever or puerperal fever. If the infection involves the bloodstream, it constitutes puerperal sepsis. In Latin a “puerpera” is a woman in childbirth since “puer” means child and “parere” means […]
Childhood: (1) The time for a boy or girl from birth until he or she is an adult. (2) The more circumscribed period of time from infancy to the onset of puberty. During childhood, the potential of a unique human person must be nurtured by parents or parent figures.
- Childhood ataxia with CNS hypomyelinization
Childhood ataxia with central nervous system hypomyelinization.: An inherited brain disease that occurs mainly in children and follows a chronic progressive course with additional episodes of rapid deterioration following stress from febrile infection or minor head trauma. The disease is due to mutations in either of two genes — in either the EIF2B5 gene on […]
- Childhood liver cancer
Childhood liver cancer: Primary cancer of the liver (cancer that starts in the liver) in children, a relatively rare malignancy in children. There are 2 main types of primary liver cancer in children — hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma. Hepatoblastomas usually occur before 3 years of age, whereas the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma varies little with […]
- Childhood translocation 11 leukemia
Childhood translocation 11 leukemia: A new type of childhood leukemia in which a piece of chromosome 11 has been translocated (broken off and attached itself to another chromosome). Children with this type of leukemia have a particularly poor prognosis (outlook). They usually have very high white blood counts and a high frequency of central nervous […]