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Finding Understudied Disorders Potentially Associated withMaternal Morbidity and Mortality
Recent reports estimate that each year 1200 women in the USA die from pregnancy-related complications and about 60,000 suffer near fatal complications. The obstetrics and maternal-fetal literature are rich in research on the most frequent causes of maternal morbidity and peripartum complications such as preeclampsia, postpartum hemorrhage, premature rupture of membranes, and diabetes, studies on less common co-morbidities are lacking. We explore sections of the discharge summaries of pregnant or postpartum women admitted to an ICU to identify associated diseases and disorders and then mine the literature to identify knowledge gaps in clinical research.