Fetal Vascular Thrombosis

  • Drucilla J. RobertsEmail author
  • Theonia K. Boyd
  • Peter Kelehan
  • Amy Heerema-McKenney


Fetal-side placental vascular thrombi are not uncommon findings and hold considerable clinical relevance as they have been associated with fetal/neonatal morbidity and mortality. This includes fetal death, growth restriction and significant neurological compromise. This chapter, along with its counterpart on histology (Chap.  25), reviews the diagnostic findings for large vessel thrombi in the fetal circulation of the placenta.


Placental vascular thrombi Umbilical cord thrombosis Chorionic vessel thrombosis Fetal vascular malperfusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Drucilla J. Roberts
    • 1
    Email author
  • Theonia K. Boyd
    • 2
  • Peter Kelehan
    • 3
  • Amy Heerema-McKenney
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Boston Children’s HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PathologyNational Maternity HospitalDublinIreland
  4. 4.Department of Pathology, Baylor College of MedicineCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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