Placenta and Umbilical Cord and the Immunology of Pregnancy

  • T. Yee Khong

Abstract

The placenta and extraplacental membranes are an apposition of fetal and maternal tissues for the purposes of physiological exchange. The gestation sac has a finite lifespan and is the body’s largest biopsy, yet its examination is often neglected, even from fetal and neonatal deaths, sick and premature neonates and maternal complications of pregnancy. This is perplexing because its function is embodied in its definition. It may be that placental pathology is considered complex since the organ is evolving rapidly over a short period of time, or that lesions found may be quantitative rather than qualitative. The response of the placenta to injury is limited and there is a need to correlate the macroscopic and microscopic findings with clinical and laboratory investigations.

Keywords

Proteinuria Hunt Excavation Candida Neuroblastoma 

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