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Placental dysfunction is a term to describe suboptimal placental function leading to variations in the fetal supply of all its necessary required nutrients as well as the disruption in the cleansing of fetal catabolic products. The dysfunctional placenta may interrupt the manufacturing of other essential factors involved in pregnancy conservation, can compromise the fetal appropriate, atraumatic and sterile medium to grow, the immunologic shield from maternal antibodies and the normal amniotic fluid levels. Placental dysfunction can lead to a group of disorders representing a diverse and important category of pathological processes conducting to fetal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. The mechanisms by which these inflammatory processes cause death and disability are diverse and can be separated into four distinct classes: first, placental damage with loss of function; second, induction of premature labor; third, release of inflammatory mediators; fourth, transplacental infection. Several conditions have been associated with placental dysfunction: IUGR, hypertension, hypoxic-ischemic injury, preterm labor, and fetal death.
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Name: Minerva ginecologica
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A polypeptide hormone of approximately 25 kDa that is produced by the SYNCYTIOTROPHOBLASTS of the PLACENTA, also known as chorionic somatomammotropin. It has both GROWTH HORMONE and PROLACTIN activities on growth, lactation, and luteal steroid production. In women, placental lactogen secretion begins soon after implantation and increases to 1 g or more a day in late pregnancy. Placental lactogen is also an insulin antagonist.
Methods used for the assessment of placental function.
Extracts prepared from placental tissue; they may contain specific but uncharacterized factors or proteins with specific activities.
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