|Sofie Lykke Møller's Ph.D. Thesis|
|After the oral exam: Anthony Carter, Sofie Lykke Møller, |
Annetine Staff and Peter Damm
Anaemia or malaria in the second half of pregnancy led to adaptive responses that included increases in the length and surface area of the capillaries in the terminal villi.
Malaria infection before 14 weeks of gestation was reflected in changes at term including a reduction in the volume of intermediate villi and thickening of the endothelial component of the interhaemal barrier. Thus even though entry to the intervillous space is limited at this time, the surface proteins on infected erythrocytes seem able to hinder normal placental development.