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Abstract

Maceration is the term used to describe autolytic changes which occur when the fetus remains in utero after its demise (Strachan 1922). It follows, therefore, that most of these deaths will have occurred antepartum, and most, but not all, antepartum deaths will have signs of maceration. Examination of the macerated stillbirth is accorded lowest priority in many pathology departments, necropsy being undertaken by the most junior pathologist or restricted to a cursory external examination only.

Keywords

Perinatal Mortality Perinatal Death Pathological Abnormality Oesophageal Atresia Fetal Demise 
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  • Jean W. Keeling

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