Pathology of the Human Embryo and Previable Fetus

An Atlas

  • Dagmar K. Kalousek
  • Naomi Fitch
  • Barbara A. Paradice

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Normal Embryonic and Fetal Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice
      Pages 3-14
    3. Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice
      Pages 15-28
  3. Abortion and Specimen Examination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice
      Pages 31-36
    3. Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice
      Pages 37-48
    4. Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice
      Pages 49-60
  4. Pathology of Embryonic, Fetal, and Placental Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice
      Pages 63-159
    3. Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice
      Pages 161-168
    4. Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice
      Pages 169-179
    5. Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice
      Pages 181-202
    6. Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice
      Pages 203-213
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 215-241

About this book

Introduction

This book is designed primarily for anatomic pathologists to facilitate their task of accurately diagnosing embryos and fetuses. A detailed examination of the products of spontaneous and induced abortions is necessary for accurate genetic counseling and for establishing the risk for specific abnormalities or another spontaneous pregnancy loss in the future. The growing interest in the defects of early development reflects the profound change in general life-style. In the past, spontaneous abortions were considered a common, usually sporadic event in a patient's reproductive history. Only reassurance and encour­ agement were given to the patient and scant attention was paid to the detailed pathology of the abortus. Nowadays, however, as a result of reliable methods of contraception and of the availability of reliable prenatal diagnosis for chromosome abnormalities more frequent in advanced maternal age, significant numbers of parents plan to have pregnan­ cies later in their reproductive life. Consequently, in a case of spontaneous abortion, the question of "cause" and of "future risk" of recurrence of abortion or an abnormal infant is particularly important. In the era of more elaborate and accurate prenatal diagnostic tests, the pathologist examining products of conception has a primary responsibility to detect, in both spontaneous and induced abortions, any developmental abnormality that would indicate an increased risk of multifactorial, chromosomal, and single gene disorders in a subsequent child.

Keywords

child contraception embryo fetus infection placenta pregnancy

Authors and affiliations

  • Dagmar K. Kalousek
    • 1
  • Naomi Fitch
    • 2
  • Barbara A. Paradice
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PathologyThe University of British Columbia and BC Children’s HospitalVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Lady Davis Institute, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General HospitalThe University of British ColumbiaMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Embryopathology UnitBC Children’s HospitalVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-2111-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-2113-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-2111-9
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