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July 16, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(3):212-213. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27410550001008

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Rarity alone warrants the report of a case in which a fragment of placental tissue becomes grafted in a cervical laceration. This placental fragment, 3 by 5 cm. in size, thrived for nearly a year after the establishment of its blood supply from the newly torn cervix. After a search of all available literature, I am unable to find that this unusual condition has been previously reported.

REPORT OF CASE  Mrs. J. E. T., aged 26, white, seen, Sept. 2, 1931, complained of vaginal bleeding, weakness and headaches. The present illness began ten months before with vaginal bleeding similar to a menstrual flow, though more profuse, which was present from fourteen to eighteen days out of each month. Since the onset the patient had lost 16 pounds (7.3 Kg.) and had rather severe dyspnea and palpitation of the heart. She had been confined to bed for the past month. Two

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