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July 18, 1977

Causes of Perinatal Mortality in the US Collaborative Perinatal Project

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, the M. S. Hershey Medical Center, the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa.

JAMA. 1977;238(3):228-229. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280030036017

The underlying causes of 80% of perinatal deaths were identified in a study of 53,518 pregnancies in the United States: 17% of the deaths were due to amniotic fluid infections, 11% to abruptio placentae, 10% to premature rupture of the membranes, 9% to congenital anomalies, 6% to large placental infarcts, and the rest to more than 20 other specific disorders.

(JAMA 238:228-229, 1977)