Practice guideline for examination of the placenta: developed by the Placental Pathology Practice Guideline Development Task Force of the College of American Pathologists

Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1997 May;121(5):449-76.


The Placental Pathology Practice Guideline Development Task Force, a multidisciplinary group, has prepared this guideline to assist those involved with placental examination. It provides recommendations related to indications and methods for placental examination as well as sample worksheets. An algorithm for the handling of placentas summarizes the recommendations of the guideline. A summary of specific findings of placental examination together with their pathogenesis and clinical associations is also provided. Recommendations related to reporting with sample reporting formats are included. The guideline is intended as an educational tool, and its use should be guided by the individual circumstances and care setting of specific cases.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Medical Records / standards
  • Pathology, Surgical / methods*
  • Pathology, Surgical / standards*
  • Placenta / pathology*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Specimen Handling / standards
  • United States