Placental findings in specific newborn / fetal or maternal conditions
Recurrent fetal loss

Topic Completed: 1 October 2011

Revised: 19 February 2019

Copyright: 2002-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Recurrent fetal loss placenta

Mandolin S. Ziadie, M.D.
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Cite this page: Ziadie MS. Recurrent fetal loss. website. Accessed November 21st, 2019.
  • Most common causes of intrauterine fetal death are genetic, infection, thrombotic disorders and autoimmune disease
  • Other causes include environmental (smoking, alcohol) and endocrine (diabetes)
  • Rate of occurrence varies based on gestational age
  • Early recurrent loss is generally due to genetic abnormalities; late loss is more often associated with infection / inflammation
  • First trimester: genetic (aneuploidy and other chromosomal abnormalities), thrombophilic and autoimmune
  • Second and third trimester: autoimmune (antiphospholipid syndrome), uterine anatomic abnormalities (polyps, leiomyomas, septae, cervical incompetence, etc.), maternal hypertension, thrombophilia and infection / inflammation
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