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Pathology of the Stillborn Infant for the General Pathologist: Part 1

Heller, Debra S. MD*; Faye-Petersen, Ona M. MD

Advances In Anatomic Pathology: January 2015 - Volume 22 - Issue 1 - p 1–28
doi: 10.1097/PAP.0000000000000054
Review Articles

As the information obtained from previable fetal and stillbirth autopsies is used not only to explain the loss to the parents, but for future pregnancy planning, general pathologists need to be comfortable in dealing with these autopsies. The importance of an adequate fetal examination has been emphasized in a recent policy on the subject by the American Board of Pathology This review paper covers the approach to the fetal and stillbirth autopsy. This first article covers the approach to the nonanomalous and anomalous autopsy. Hydrops fetalis will be covered in the second part of this series to be published subsequently.

*Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark NJ

Department of Pathology, Division of Anatomic Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence to: Debra S. Heller, MD, Department of Pathology-UH/E158, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, 185 South Orange Ave, Newark, NJ 07103 (e-mail:

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