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Table 1 Pregnancy-related deaths lacking consensus among maternal death review (MDR) committees whether to classify as maternal deaths

From: Classifying maternal deaths in Suriname using WHO ICD-MM: different interpretation by Physicians, National and International Maternal Death Review Committees

Case number Gestational age Case description; cause of death Classified as a maternal death by MDR committee of
Suriname Jamaica Netherlands
Doubt in classification of suicide in early pregnancy
1 Unknown Gramoxonea auto-intoxication No Yes No
2 7 weeks Gramoxonea auto-intoxication No Yes Yes
3 9 weeks Gramoxonea auto-intoxication No Yes Yes
Doubt regarding evidence of pregnancy
4 N/A Following a curettage, chest pain and dyspnea developed. Curettage pathology report showed no evidence of pregnancy No No Yes
5 N/A Died at home from unknown cause. Verbal autopsy with family: early pregnancy. Examination: no fundal height palpable, but peripheral edema of both feet Yes Yes No
6 N/A Died in transit to hospital. Patient complained of abdominal pain, vaginal blood loss and chest pain. Verbal autopsy with family: could be pregnant No Yes Yes
Doubt whether the death was maternal or coincidental
7 25 weeks Severe burn wounds after explosion No No Yes
8 29 weeks Sepsis, meningoencephalitis/cerebral abscess Yes Yes No
9 34 days postpartum Sepsis with symptoms of high fever and diarrhea Yes No Yes
10 35 days postpartum Normal delivery. Cause of death unknown No Yes Yes
Doubt in classification of maternal death of a local resident in another country
11 29 weeks Admitted in a Surinamese hospital with a severe sickle cell crisis. Ten days after discharge she died in neighboring French Guyana No Yes No
  1. aGramoxone is the tradename of paraquat, a contact herbicide, highly toxic to humans