Maturity Anomalies

  • Gitta Turowski
  • Eoghan E. Mooney
  • Irene B. Scheimberg


The microscopic appearance of the placental parenchyma should under normal circumstances be appropriate to the stage of gestation, reflecting the balance of growth and differentiation that enables fetal requirements to be met. Abnormalities of parenchymal development may result in patterns that are described as either accelerated or delayed for gestation. This chapter discusses these appearances and their associations and emphasizes the clinical relevance of recognition of maturation abnormalities.


Maturation Accelerated (villous) maturation Delayed (villous) maturation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gitta Turowski
    • 1
  • Eoghan E. Mooney
    • 2
  • Irene B. Scheimberg
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Pathology, Paediatric and Pregnancy Related PathologyOslo University HospitalOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineNational Maternity HospitalDublinIreland
  3. 3.Queen Mary University College Medical SchoolLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of Cellular PathologyThe Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS TrustLondonUK

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