Placental findings in specific newborn / fetal or maternal conditions
Fetal trisomies

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

Revised: 16 October 2017, last major update November 2011

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PubMed Search: Fetal trisomies placenta[title]

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  • Trisomy 21: elevated serum hcG and inhibin, reduced serum estradiol and AFP
  • Trisomy 18: low serum hcG, low AFP, low inhibin and low estradiol
Gross description
  • Single umbilical artery is more common in trisomic pregnancies
  • Early spontaneous abortions may show no fetal parts and an absent umbilical cord (Hum Pathol 1995;26:201)
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Large hypovascular / avascular villi with irregular borders accompanied by normal appearing villi
  • Villous hydrops is also seen though less than in other abnormal karyotypes