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Development of placenta Development of placenta Presentation Transcript

  • Placenta (plah-sen’tah) is a Latin word. It means “a flat cake”. • Placenta is an organ characteristic of mammals, developing during pregnancy, joining mother and offspring, providing necessary provisions for the sustenance of developing human in intrauterine life.
  • • The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother's blood supply. • "True" placentas are a defining characteristic of eutherian or "placental" mammals,
  • • Eutheria (/ju θ əriəːˈ ɪ /; from Ancient Greek ευθήριον, euthērion, meaning "true/good beasts") is the clade consisting of primates and all other mammals—in many orders—that are more closely related to them than they are to marsupials.
  • • Life restoration of Juramaia sinensis • Kingdom Animalia • Phylum Chorda • Class Mammalia • Branch Eutheria
  • • Marsupials are an infraclass of mammals living primarily in the Southern Hemisphere; a distinctive characteristic, common to most species, is that the young are carried in a pouch.
  • • Female Eastern Grey Kangaroo with a joey in her pouch • Kingdom Animalia • Phylum Chorda • Class Mammalia • Infraclass Marsupials
  • • A clade (from Ancient Greek κλάδος, klados, "branch") or monophylum (see monophyletic) is a group consisting of an ancestor and all its descendants, a single "branch" on the "tree of life"
  • • The fully developed placenta is discoid- shape with a diameter of 15 to 25 cm and is approximately 3 cm thick. • It weighs about 500 to 600 gm (about one- sixth that of the fetus).
  • • In humans, the placenta averages 22 cm (9 inch) in length and 2–2.5 cm (0.8– 1 inch) in thickness, with the center being the thickest, and the edges being the thinnest. • It typically weighs approximately 500 grams (1 lb).
  • • It has a dark reddish-blue or crimson color. • It connects to the fetus by an umbilical cord of approximately 55–60 cm (22– 24 inch) in length, which contains two umbilical arteries and one umbilical vein
  • • The umbilical cord inserts into the chorionic plate (has an eccentric attachment). • Vessels branch out over the surface of the placenta and further divide to form a network covered by a thin layer of cells. This results in the formation of villous tree structures.
  • • On the maternal side, these villous tree structures are grouped into lobules called cotyledons. • In humans, the placenta usually has a disc shape, but size varies vastly between different mammalian species
  • • Placenta covers 15 to 30 % of the decidua (endometrium during pregnancy)
  • Placenta is a fetomaternal organ that has two components: • A fetal portion that develops from a portion of chorionic sac, called chorionic frondosum. • A maternal portion that is derived from a portion of endometrium, called decidua basalis.
  • • The placenta begins to develop upon implantation of the blastocyst into the maternal endometrium. • Placenta grows throughout pregnancy. • Development of the maternal blood supply to the placenta is complete by the end of the first trimester of pregnancy (approximately 12–13 weeks).
  • Fertilization - Zygote The cleavage starts in the zygote immediately after fertilization and on 4th day morula has formed. The morula consists of two groups of cells: • Inner Cell Mass (Central Cells) • Outer Cell Mass (Peripheral Cells)
  • Within one day morula is converted into blastocyst consisting of same two groups of cells, now with different names: – Embryoblast derived from Inner Cell Mass – Trophoblast derived from Outer Cell Mass
  • • Embryoblast forms the embryo proper • Trophoblast forms the placenta and associated membranes.
  • Development of placenta starts as soon as blastocyst is attached to the endometrium.
  • Trophoblasts start proliferating rapidly and differentiate into two layers: • Cytotrophoblast or cellular trophoblast • Syncytial trophoblast (syncytiotrophoblast)
  •   Lacunar Stage. Ninth-Day
  • Development of Chorionic Villi
  • Cross section of a primary villous 13 day
  • Transverse section of Secondary Villous (day 16)
  • Tertiary Chorionic Villous (day 21)  
  • • Meanwhile, the cytotrophoblastic cells in the villi penetrate progressively into the overlying syncytial trophoblast until they reach maternal endometrium. Here they establish contact with similar extensions of neighboring villous stems, thus forming a thin outer cytotrophoblast shell. • This shell gradually surrounds the trophoblast entirely. • Cytotrophoblastic shell attaches chorionic sac to endometrial tissue.
  • • Stem Villi Villi that are attached to the maternal tissues via cytotrophoblastic shell are called stem villi or anchoring villi. • Floating Villi The villi that branch from stem villi and float free in intervillous space are called branching villi or floating villi. These villi are not attached to maternal tissue.
  •   21 day
  • 5 week
  •   A section of chorionic sac showing two stem villi.
  •   The developing fetus during 9th week of intrauterine life, showing different parts of Decidua.
  •   The developing fetus during 10th week of intrauterine life.
  •   The developing fetus during 11th week of intrauterine life. 
  • Fetus of 14 week showing large amniotic cavity. Decidua capsularis and decidua parietalis have fused and uterine cavity is obliterated
  •     A.   Note Chorion frondosum and Chorion laeve. B.    Note Placenta consisting of two parts: 1.    Chorion Frondosum (Fetal portion) 2. Decidua Basalis (Maternal portion)
  • STRUCTURE OF PLACENTA By the beginning of the 4th month, placenta has two components: • A fetal component formed by the chorionic frondosum, which has developed in the compact layer of endometrium. • A maternal portion formed by decidua basalis or decidual plate, which has development from spongy layer of endometrium.
  • Fetal component Consists of chorionic plate, anchoring and floating villi, and outer cytotrophoblastic shell. The chorionic plate and outer cytotrophoblastic shell is separated by lake of maternal blood. The anchoring villi connect chorionic plate and outer cytotrophoblastic shell and pass through the blood lake, thus converting this maternal blood lake into so-called intervillous spaces seen in two dimension pictures. The floating villi branch from anchoring villi and float freely in the maternal blood lake.
  • Maternal portion Decidual plate is intimately incorporated into the outer cytotrophoblastic shell. Here the trophoblast cells and decidua cells intermingle. During the 4th and 5th months, a number of septa project into the maternal blood lake, from the decidual plate. They never reach the chorionic plate. As a result of this septum formation, the maternal blood lake is divided into incomplete compartments.
  • • Growth in the size and thickness of the placenta continues rapidly until the fetus is about 18 weeks old (20 weeks’ gestation). • The placenta at this stage is fully developed. • Later on it enlarges only due to arborization of existing villus tree.
  • • After the delivery of fetus, rapid reduction in the size of the uterus leads to detachment of placenta from the uterine wall. • The uterus than undergoes a second series of contraction due to which placenta and its associated membranes (amnion and chorion leave) are forced out.
  • The fetal surface is smooth and shiny. The umbilical cord attaches  near the center of this surface. Amnion, which is a translucent  membrane, covers this surface. Under the amnion the chorionic  plate can be seen with chorionic blood vessels radiating from the  attachment of the umbilical cord.   
  • The maternal surface of the placenta is dark red in color. It is covered by a thin, grayish, somewhat shaggy layer of decidua basalis. This surface presents a number of convex somewhat polygonal areas, which are separated from each other by shallow grooves. These bulging areas are 15-30 in number and represent the cotyledons of placenta.
  • Transformation of spiral arteries
  • Schematic diagram showing the direction of maternal flow through cotyledons.  
  • Tertiary villous of 10 weeks old Fetus Blood Placental Barrier is formed by: •Syncytial trophoblast •Cytotrophoblast •Mesoderm or Connective tissue •Endothelium of fetal blood vessels
  • Tertiary villous of full term Fetus. Blood Placental Barrier is formed by: •Syncytial trophoblast •Endothelium of fetal blood vessels
  • A.Type I Lateral B.Type II Marginal C.Type III Paracentral D.Type IV Central   Classification of degrees of Placenta Previa A B C D
  • Abnormal size Placenta may be larger than the normal size. It is sometimes very large in size, almost lining the whole uterine cavity but it is reciprocally very thin. It is called Placenta Membranacea.
  • Abnormal weight The normal weight of placenta is about 500 to 600 gm (about one-sixth that of the fetus). Very small placentas are found in women suffering from chronic hypertension. Excessively large placentae occur with fetal hydrops.
  • Abnormalities of Shape Normally the placenta has a circular shape. But sometimes it may have oval, fusiform, crescentic or other shapes. The placenta may be notched or lobed.
  • Notched Placentae: When there is one notch in placenta dividing it into two incomplete lobes the placenta is called Placenta Bipartita and when there are two notches dividing the placenta into three incomplete lobes the placenta is given the name Placenta Tripartita. Lobed Placentae: here the placenta may have two, three or more separate lobes and the umbilical vessels also divide accordingly. These placentae are called Placenta Duplex, Placenta Triplex etc. and Placenta Multiplex, as the number of lobes increase.
  • Sometimes placenta fails to develop over a small area. There are only fetal membranes in the deficient place. The deficient area appears like a window. This is called Placenta Fenestrata. Sometimes the placenta has a central depression on the fetal surface. The fetal membranes are attached to the margin of this depression. This is called Placenta Circumvallata. The side view of the Placenta Circumvallata shown above. The depression is visible in the center where umbilical cord is attached
  • Accessory Placentas Occasionally there are one or more accessory placentas, which are of smaller size than the main placenta. This condition is called placenta succenturiata. The accessory placenta is connected to the main placenta only by membranes and blood vessels.
  • The accessory placenta may be adjacent to main placenta as shown below. Main Placenta Accessory Placenta
  • Abnormal Attachment of the Umbilical Cord  Normally the umbilical cord is attached near the center of the placenta. Sometimes, the cord is attached to the edge of the placenta. Such a placenta is called battledore placenta
  • Rarely the umbilical cord is attached to the membranes at some distance from the margin of placenta. The umbilical blood vessels run on the membranes for some distance before reaching the placenta. This condition is called velamentous insertion of the cord and such placenta is called placenta velamentosa
  • Abnormal attachment to the uterus. When the placenta is abnormally adherent to the endometrium, it is called placenta accrete. Here the placenta has gone deep into endometrium and it is difficult to remove. Sometimes the chorionic frondosum penetrates beyond endometrium and enters myometrium. There is partial or complete absence of decidua basalis. The placenta is called placenta increta.
  • When chorionic frondosum penetrates the myometrium all the way to the perimetrium, the abnormality is called placenta percreta.