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Glossary of Related Terms
- Amniotic Fluid Embolism
- When the amniotic fluid gets from the uterus into the mother's bloodstream. This can happen if there are problems when the placenta detaches, or if there is an injury to the uterus or cervix that allows bleeding.
- Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy
- A condition in which a patient's body acts as if there are clots in the bloodstream that must be dissolved. Chemicals are produced that prevent clotting, when actually the patient is bleeding and needs to be able to form clots. Unless the condition is treated, the patient can quickly bleed to death from wounds that would not usually be dangerous.
- Instillation Abortion
- An abortion performed by removing some of the amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus, and replacing it with a chemical to kill the fetus and/or cause contractions to expel the fetus. See also Saline Abortion, Urea Abortion, and Prostaglandin Abortion.
- Usually used to describe a cut that does not go the entire way through. A cut that goes the whole way through is usually referred to as a Perforation.
- An injury that puts a hole through the entire wall of an organ. It may be a small hole just poked through, or a large cut that opens a large hole.
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