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PUTRID ENDOMETRITIS





Category: Diseases of Women

An inflammation of the inner lining of the womb
caused by putrid (rotten), decaying material.

Symptoms. A chill is sometimes present at the beginning. The fever is
high, pulse bounds and feels hard and strong, the face is flushed but
there is little or no pain. The discharge from the womb, unless it is
blocked by a clot, is foul smelling. The flow after childbirth is scanty,
sometimes suppressed. The womb and ovaries are not very tender.

Treatment. The first thing to do, of course, is to get the dead material,
such as parts of an after-birth, clots, shreds, etc., out of the womb, and
then scrape the rough surfaces. This must be done carefully and with
perfectly clean tools and liquids of every kind. Then wash the womb
thoroughly with the hot salt solution. One teaspoonful of salt to one pint
of boiled water. After this pack the womb with ten per cent iodoform
gauze, which may be bought in this strength. Remove this from the womb
about the third to the ninth day. The bowels should be kept open.

Diet. Should be of milk or at least of liquids only. The patient can be
given whisky or brandy and 1/60 grain of strychnine every four hours if
needed.





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