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Abscess of the placenta is a rare condition. Some of the well known textbooks on obstetrics do not even mention the condition, and those that do simply state that it may occur. Williams believes that practically all the cases designated as abscess of the placenta are in reality degenerated remains of deeply seated placental cysts, "the grumous material" of the older writers.
This case is reported because there is unmistakable pathologic proof of the presence of an abscess of the placenta. The fact that this abscess was in immediate proximity to the site of hemorrhage makes me reasonably certain that it was responsible for the premature separation of the placenta.
REPORT OF CASE
Mrs. C. H., aged 24, white, a housewife, who was born in the United States, had diphtheria when she was a child. Her periods began at the age of 13, are regular and last four days, and the flow
Rosenfeld SS. ABSCESS OF THE PLACENTA CAUSING ABRUPTIO PLACENTAE. JAMA. 1935;105(14):1113–1114. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760400004007b