Dr. M. Sakthimani, Dr. T. Jeyasingh, Dr. S. Peranantham


In 2015, approximately 830 women died worldwide every day due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth. Based on the world health statistics (WHS) 2016 the MMR (Maternal Mortality Ratio) of India is 174/ 100,000 live births[1]. Maternal Mortality Ratio has declined since 1990 still our MMR is higher than the developed countries. This study was conducted in the Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Coimbatore medical college and hospital, Coimbatore from January 2008 to December 2017. A total number of 25 medico-legal cases of maternal deaths were brought for postmortem during the study period.  Postpartum haemorrhage remains leading cause of death (30%) followed by Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) causes (20%), indirect (20%), sepsis (12%), undetermined (10%)and Thrombo-Embolism(8%). The clinical manifestation of AFE resembles both embolism and anaphylaxis. Encouraging hospital autopsy with histopathology along with immune histochemistry and microbiology examination in all maternal deaths will help in invention of novel treatment modalities.


Maternal Mortality Ratio; Postpartum hemorrhage; Amniotic fluid embolism; Histopathology.

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