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The placenta findings from an XYY abortus: a case report

Rong Fan

Author Affiliations

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, 705 Riley Hospital Dr, Suite 2536, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5200, USA

Journal of Medical Case Reports 2013, 7:228  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-7-228

Published: 1 October 2013



The placenta morphology from an XYY pregnancy abortus has not been reported in the medical literature. This case report consists of the first detailed documentation. The reported case is also highly unusual because the mother had two prior pregnancies with fetuses being confirmed to have Zellweger syndrome and one prior molar pregnancy.

Case presentation

A 43-year-old Caucasian woman presented for induction of labor secondary to diagnosis of XYY chromosomes by chorionic villus sample.


This is the first detailed observation of placenta morphology in an XYY abortus. Although not highly specific, the observation is very unique and should prompt further investigation of karyotyping of the fetus or infant because an XYY individual may be viable and grow to adulthood. The association of an XYY abortus and prior pregnancies with Zellweger syndrome and one prior molar pregnancy is also highly notable.