Study examined the placenta of women with COVID-19 infection

23 May, 2020

A study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology examined the placenta of 16 women positive for COVID-19. When compared to control placentas of women without a COVID-19 diagnosis, they found that 12 placentas showed varying degrees of damage due to impaired blood flow from the mothers blood vessels. Restricted blood flow reduces oxygen delivery to the fetus and can lead to adverse outcomes. Although larger studies are warranted, these early findings argue that increased antenatal surveillance for women with COVID-19 should be considered.



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