Placenta Pathology


Placental pathology can be challenging. This lecture will review both common and uncommon diagnoses, especially those with important clinical implications, using the 2014 Amsterdam Placental Workshop Group classifications.

Originally presented on February 7, 2017, in Park City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Jessica Comstock, MD

Jessica Comstock, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine
Pediatric Pathologist
Primary Children’s Hospital

Dr. Comstock is the director of autopsy at Primary Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received her MD from the University of Iowa and completed both a pathology residency and a pediatric pathology fellowship at the University of Utah. She is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology with a sub-certification in pediatric pathology. Dr. Comstock is a member of several professional societies, including the Society of Pediatric Pathology, College of American Pathologists, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Know important information to put in a placental pathology report
  • Understand the Amsterdam Placental Workshop Group classifications of placental lesions
  • Be able to diagnose maternal vascular lesions, fetal vascular lesions, and inflammatory lesions
  • Know what placental lesions are associated with CNS injury
  • Know what placental lesions are at high risk of recurrence

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories