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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1986 Aug;155(2):401-12.

The placental bed biopsy: review from three European centers.


This review derives from extensive experience with the placental bed biopsy technique in three centers over the last 30 years. A placental bed biopsy, usually taken at cesarean section, must include basal decidua and subjacent myometrium from the central zone of the placental site. Attention is drawn specifically to the sampling errors and to the pitfalls in morphologic interpretation of tissues, both maternal and fetal, that are continuously changing throughout the course of pregnancy. The features of the normal placental bed and of vascular lesions in pathologic pregnancies are briefly reviewed. Extension and elaboration of the technique and its more widespread use could contribute to the elucidation of many of the unresolved problems in human pregnancy.

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