Plasmodial pigmentation of placenta and outcome of pregnancy in West African mothers.

  title={Plasmodial pigmentation of placenta and outcome of pregnancy in West African mothers.},
  author={Michael Watkinson and David Rushton},
  journal={British medical journal},
  volume={287 6387},
In a region where falciparum malaria is endemic and where pregnant women traditionally receive only curative treatment for parasitaemias and no chemoprophylaxis 65 placental biopsy specimens were examined histologically for malaria pigment. Twenty seven placentas had pigment, but parasitaemias had been diagnosed antenatally in only 12 of these women despite their frequent attendance at antenatal and other clinics. The incidence of parasitaemia in pregnant primigravidas was 17.7%, seven times… CONTINUE READING
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