Article Text

PDF

Rupture of fetal vessels on placental surface
  1. D. J. deSa

    Abstract

    Six placentae with subamniotic haematomata were studied and the lesions shown to be derived from ruptured varices of surface fetal veins. However, the changes in the vessel walls suggested that these fetal varices had been subjected to an increase of pressure for some time. Furthermore, the fetal veins of the affected placentae were lined by thick intimal cushions that were derived from organizing thrombi. Analysis of the clinical features of these pregnancies suggested an association of the vascular abnormalities with infants of low birthweight score, an opinion that was strengthened by an assessment of the fetal vessels in 100 placentae from normal pregnancies and 35 placentae from a `fetus-at-risk' study.

    Statistics from Altmetric.com

    Footnotes

    • * Based on a paper presented to the Neonatal Society, London, 4 February 1971.

    Request permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.