Examination of the Fetus and the Neonatal Autopsy

  • Colin L. Berry


Increasing attention is now paid to the examination of the products of conception, fetuses and neonatal deaths in pathology departments as more extensive use is made of the developing processes of genetic investigation and of non-invasive imaging and as demands for genetic counselling increase. The use in the neonatal period of surgical procedures that require accurate antenatal data, interventions of various kinds in metabolic disease and even the advent of intrauterine surgery have all contributed to this trend. The basic methodology of examination of the fetus remains the same for the non-specialist department, but newer data are available to support the importance of this aspect of pathology. The view of Benson et al. (1979) that specialized techniques (such as cell culture and the establishment of cell lines) are best carried out in specialized centres remains valid; recent events in the UK have emphasized the importance of adequate experience and quality control in specialized areas of pathology.


Neonatal Death Fetal Weight Lateral Incisor Placental Weight Muscle Coat 
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