Overview and Microscopic Survey of the Placenta

  • Rebecca N. Baergen


For the novice in placental pathology, histologic sections of the organ may look confusing since they contain not only a broad variety of differently structured villi but also many nonvillous structures as well. This chapter introduces those basic histologic features and architecture that leap out when inspecting a section of the placenta. Histology of the nonvillous portions of the villi is discussed in Chap.  8.


Basal Plate Decidual Cell Extravillous Trophoblast Villous Tree Intervillous Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca N. Baergen
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  1. 1.New York Presbyterian Hospital—Weill Medical College of Cornell UniversityNew YorkUSA

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