Placental pathology casebook: Asymptomatic intraplacental choriocarcinoma diagnosed on routine placental examination

Kurt Benirschke, Subodh M. Lele, Sara E. Crowder, Marjorie R. Grafe

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Asymptomatic intraplacental choriocarcinoma is a rare event with only a few case reports in the literature. The recognition of such a lesion on routine placental examination is important and prompts rapid clinical evaluation for identifying residual and/or metastatic disease followed by institution of chemotherapy. Failure to recognize such a lesion on gross inspection of the placenta can result in disseminated disease, which can be lethal. The following report describes the placental findings and clinical outcome in a recent case with a review of the relevant literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-247
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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