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Pathology of the Stillborn Infant for the General Pathologist: Part 2

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

Advances In Anatomic Pathology: March 2015 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 71–93
doi: 10.1097/PAP.0000000000000060
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'cy.pdf. This second review paper covers the approach to hydrops fetalis. The approach to the nonanomalous and anomalous fetus was covered in the first part of this series.

*UAB, Birmingham, AL

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

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

Reprints: Debra S. Heller, MD, Department of Pathology-UH/E158, Rutgers-NJMS, 185 South Orange Ave., Newark, NJ 07103 (e-mail:

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© 2015 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.