alexa Macroscopic and Histopathological Study of the Placenta
ISSN: 2155-9627

Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics
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Macroscopic and Histopathological Study of the Placenta - An Essential Resource in Litigation Processes

Nogueira R1,2,3*, Pinto-Ribeiro F2,3, Pereira SM1 and Valente F4

1Pathology Laboratory of CGC Genetics/Centro de Genética Clínica, Porto, Portugal

2Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Health Sciences (ECS), University of Minho, Portugal

3ICVS/3B’s - PT Government Associate Laboratory, Braga/Guimarães, Portugal

4Prenatal Diagnosis Unit, Hospital of Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho (CHVNG/E), Porto, Portugal

*Corresponding Author:
Nogueira R
School of Health Sciences, Campus Gualtar
University of Minho, 4750-057 Braga, Portugal
Tel: +351253604809
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: September 22, 2015 Accepted date: November 28, 2015 Published date: November 30, 2015

Citation: Nogueira R, Pinto-Ribeiro F, Pereira SM, Valente F (2015) Macroscopic and Histopathological Study of the Placenta - An Essential Resource in Litigation Processes. J Clin Res Bioeth 6:247. doi: 10.4172/2155-9627.1000247

Copyright: © 2015 Nogueira R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



The pathological study of the placenta is of upmost importance in cases of unexplained fetal/perinatal loss and often these carry litigation implications. Integrating pathological findings and the underlying pathophysiological processes, leading to placental lesions, is fundamental for the evaluation of poor fetal and perinatal outcomes and to distinguish from cases of true negligence.


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