Fetus papyraceus

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Fetus papyraceus (also spelled foetus papyraceus) is a finding in placental pathology.

It is also known as fetus compressus.

General

  • Remnant of a dead fetus usu. from a twin pregnancy.
    • No clinical consequence for mother and remaining fetus.

Clinical:[1]

  • Documented multiple gestation by imaging.
  • Elevated AFP.
  • May be a "fetal reduction" in the context of in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Note:

  • "Papyraceus" = paper-like.

Gross

  • Pale yellow flattened disk or plaque with a pigmented macule[1] - on membranes or placental disc.

Microscopic

Features:

  • Fetal structures - such as:
    • Cartilage.
    • Bone.

Images:

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Baergen, Rebecca N. (2011). Manual of Pathology of the Human Placenta (2nd ed.). Springer. pp. 141. ISBN 978-1441974938.
  2. URL: http://www.neonet.ch/en/03_Case_of_the_month/archive/11_dermatologic_disorders/2002_10.asp. Accessed on: 3 January 2012.