Placental gross / microscopic abnormalities, nonneoplastic
Iron deposition

Author: Mandolin Ziadie, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 13 October 2017, last major update October 2011

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PubMed Search: Placental iron deposition

Cite this page: Ziadie, M. Iron deposition. website. Accessed November 15th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Iron deposition is a feature of normal pregnancies
  • Increased amounts (involving > 7.5% of the villi) are associated with fetal growth anomalies (Hum Pathol 1994;25:379)
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Granular linear mineralized deposits along the trophoblastic membrane, which stain positively for iron