Pathologists' Assistant

healthy appearing triplet #Placenta. Each arrow points to the 3 fetal surfaces of the placenta, each displaying its own umbilical cord. The thickened white membranes in the middle are dividing membranes which separate the babies from one another during development. At our hospital, any multiple gestational placenta is sent to Pathology for examination, even if all babies and mom are doing well (which is the case here). In Pathology, we check for placental infarcts, high risk insertion sites for umbilical cords, vascular malformations and imbalances (which can cause things such as Twin-Twin transfusion syndrome), among a slew of other things. This here is a fairly normal triplet placenta so there isn't much else to see here!