Placental gross / microscopic abnormalities, nonneoplastic
Iron deposition

Topic Completed: 1 October 2011

Revised: 18 February 2019

Copyright: 2002-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Placental iron deposition

Mandolin S. Ziadie, M.D.
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Cite this page: Ziadie MS. Iron deposition. website. Accessed September 18th, 2019.
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
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