In this series of placenta from one thousand
consecutive deliveries: -
Fibrin deposition was found in 98.6%, of all
True Infarcts were found in 74.0% of all placentae.
There were 2761 White Infarcts.
There were 427 Red Infarcts.
∴ 3188 true infarcts in 740 of the placentae.
There were 250 haematomata in 239 of the placentae.
There were 136 cases of varying degrees of pre-eclamptic
toxaemia in this series. A study of which
reveals the following facts: -
1. A mild toxaemia of about one month's duration
will result in very little or no infarction of the
2. A mild toxaemia of long duration will result
in massive infarction of the Placenta.
3. A severe toxaemia of about one month's duration
will result in massive infarction of the placenta.
4. Severe toxaemia does not appear to have a
There were nine mothers in this series who had
Eclampsia. For this small number at least, the
eclampsia was not the result of massive infarction of
There were 328 cases of varying degrees of
hypertension in this series. 72 of these cases had
no infarction of the placenta visible to the naked eye.
The majority of these 72 had hypertension of less than
one month's duration. The study shows a definite
increase in the percentage of placental tissue infarcte
the longer the duration of the hypertension.
There were 15 cases of accidental haemorrhage in
this series. The study of this small group reveals
the following facts; -
I. Of twelve cases of accidental haemorrhage
uncomplicated by toxaemia only two showed any consider-
:able amount of infarction of the placenta while two
showed no placental infarction visible to the naked
II. The three cases of accidental haemorrhage
which were complicated by severe pre -eclamptic
toxaemia all had massive infarction of the placenta.