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AuthorBenirschke, Kurt. author
TitlePathology of the Human Placenta [electronic resource] / by Kurt Benirschke, Peter Kaufmann
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Springer, 2000
Edition Fourth Edition
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Descript XXXVIII, 950 p. online resource


Most obstetricians and pediatricians would agree that the examination of the plaยญ centa often helps to explain an abnormal neonatal outcome. As early as in 1892, Balยญ lantyne wrote that A diseased faetus without its placenta is an imperfect specimen, and a description of a foetal malady, unless accompanied by a notice of the placental condition, is incomplete. Deductions drawn from such a case cannot be considered as conclusive, for in the missing placenta or cord may have existed the cause of the disease and death. During intrauterine life the foetus, the membranes, the cord and the placenta form an organic whole, and disease of any part must react upon and affect the others. Similar thoughts were succinctly detailed in Price's discussion of his concept of the "prenatal biases" as they affected twins. His contribution also admonishes us that placental study is a sine qua non for a more perfect understanding of fetal developยญ ment (1950). Despite all this understanding of the past and appreciation for placenยญ tal disease, great resistance still exists to performing the task of placental examination routinely. For many pathologists, therefore, the placenta has remained a mysterious organ


1. Examination of the Placenta -- 2. Macroscopic Features of the Delivered Placenta -- 3. Microscopic Survey -- 4. Placental Types -- 5. Early Development of the Human Placenta -- 6. Basic Structure of the Villous Trees -- 7. Architecture of Normal Villous Trees -- 8. Characterization of the Developmental Stages -- 9. Nonvillous Parts and Trophoblast Invasion -- 10. Involution of Implantation Site and Retained Placenta -- 11. Anatomy and Pathology of the Placental Membranes -- 12. Anatomy and Pathology of the Umbilical Cord and Major Fetal Vessels -- 13. Placental Shape Aberrations -- 14. Histopathological Approach to Villous Alterations -- 15. Classification of Villous Maldevelopment -- 16. Erythroblastosis Fetalis and Hydrops Fetalis -- 17. Transplacental Hemorrhage, Cell Transfer, Trauma -- 18. Fetal Storage Disorders -- 19. Maternal Diseases Complicating Pregnancy: Diabetes, Tumors, Preeclampsia, Lupus Anticoagulant -- 20. Infectious Diseases -- 21. Abortion, Placentas of Trisomies, and Immunological Considerations of Recurrent Reproductive Failure -- 22. Molar Pregnancies -- 23. Trophoblastic Neoplasm -- 24. Benign Tumors and Chorangiosis -- 25. Multiple Pregnancy -- 26. Legal Considerations -- 27. Glossary -- 28. Normative Values and Tables

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