Diseases of the Placenta

  • Deborah J. GersellEmail author
  • Frederick T. Kraus
Reference work entry


The placenta is crucial for fetal growth and survival, performing the most important functions of many somatic organs before birth. Thus, pathologic processes interfering with placental function may result in abnormalities of fetal growth or development, malformation, or stillbirth, and there is increasing recognition that some long-term (especially neurologic) disabilities can be traced to injury occurring before birth. The purpose of this chapter is to describe clinically important placental lesions and to emphasize the context in which these lesions are directly or indirectly important to the fetus, the mother, or both.


Intervillous Space Chorionic Plate Terminal Villus Monochorionic Twin Stem Villus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Laboratory MedicineSt. John’s Mercy Medical CenterSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Perinatal Biology Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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