Placental findings in specific newborn / fetal or maternal conditions
Septic abortion

Topic Completed: 1 October 2011

Minor changes: 19 February 2019

Copyright: 2002-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Septic abortion placenta

Mandolin S. Ziadie, M.D.
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Cite this page: Ziadie MS. Septic abortion. website. Accessed June 4th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Placental bacteremia due to coliforms or anaerobic streptococci
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Must demonstrate infectious organisms in placental parenchyma or membranes; the presence of neutrophils is insufficient because they may be a reaction to necrotic decidua
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