(Received 18 September 1990; accepted 11 October 1990)
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Practical problems (with possible medicolegal implications) regarding the interpretation of the completeness of the afterbirth are discussed. The case material was obtained during surgical pathological examination and, later, at the time of autopsy of the same patient. The mother (three weeks following emergency delivery) succumbed to life-threatening complications of an epidural anesthetic accident.
Resident in pathology, Mallory Institute of Pathology, Boston, MA, and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Associate pathologist, Mallory Institute of Pathology, Boston, MA
Medical examiner for Suffolk County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and instructor in pathology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
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