Nonneoplastic placental conditions and abnormalities

Placental findings in specific conditions

Sickle cell disease

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PubMed Search: Sickle cell disease placenta

Mandolin S. Ziadie, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Maternal disorder of hemoglobin synthesis associated with an increased risk of intrauterine fetal demise or growth restriction
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Multiple findings include infarction, sickled red blood cells, intervillous hemorrhage, Tenney-Parker change, decidual vasculopathy, villous fibrosis
Electron microscopy description
  • Umbilical vein shows smooth muscle proliferation, increase in basement membrane thickness, necrosis reduplication of inner elastic lamina (Hum Pathol 1999;30:13)
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