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Placenta within the medicolegal imperative.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2064528     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bad pregnancy outcome includes abortion, stillbirth, neonatal death, morbidity, malformation, cerebral palsy, and mental retardation. These afflictions cause devastating personal impact. In the United States, almost 10% of all school-aged children are handicapped. Neurologic and communicative disorders affect 42 million people and cost $114 billion each year. The cause of cerebral palsy is known in less than 10% of these cases. Enormous litigations have threatened clinicians, paramedical personnel, hospitals, and insurance carriers. The placenta is an important potential means of establishing that fetal damage causes bad pregnancy outcome independently of clinical care. All pathologists serve an important role in the documentation of gross placental features and in the procurement of appropriate light microscopic slides. Pathologic placentas are common. Only an expert can determine whether an abnormal placenta represents the probable cause of bad pregnancy outcome.
G Altshuler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine     Volume:  115     ISSN:  0003-9985     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  1991 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-08-06     Completed Date:  1991-08-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607091     Medline TA:  Arch Pathol Lab Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  688-95     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pathology, Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City 73126.
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MeSH Terms
Chorioamnionitis / microbiology,  pathology
Costs and Cost Analysis
Expert Testimony
Fetal Diseases / diagnosis,  etiology
Infant, Newborn
Infection / complications
Pathology / economics
Placenta / pathology*
Pregnancy Outcome
Pregnancy, Multiple
Purpura, Schoenlein-Henoch / pathology

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