Histopathological Approach to Villous Alterations

  • Kurt Benirschke
  • Peter Kaufmann


Evaluation of the placental villous tissue during the routine evaluation of the placenta is important to gain an overall understanding of the normalcy of the placenta and to ascertain possible disorders. If the villous structure is abnormal, this helps to direct one’s attention to certain pregnancy disturbances that may require further study.


Placental Insufficiency Villous Tree Complete Hydatidiform Mole Terminal Villus Villous Tissue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Benirschke
    • 1
  • Peter Kaufmann
    • 2
  1. 1.University Medical CenterUniversity of California, San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Institut für Anatomie der Medizinischen FakultätRheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule AachenAachenGermany

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