• Kurt Benirschke
  • Peter Kaufmann


Most placentas are normal, as are most babies. Therefore an examination of all placentas is not warranted. On the other hand, because placentas differ widely in shape, size, and appearance, the novice must become familiar with this spectrum of placental shapes. To do it, a large number of placentas must be examined routinely. It is therefore prudent in hospitals with large numbers of deliveries to select placentas for examination. To facilitate this practice, storage is required.


Umbilical Cord Placental Tissue Normal Placenta Single Umbilical Artery Monochorionic Twin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Benirschke
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peter Kaufmann
    • 3
  1. 1.Pathology and Reproductive MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.University Medical CenterSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Institut für Anatomie der Medizinischen Fakultät, Rheinisch-Westfälische TechnischeHochschule AachenAachenGermany

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