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Umbilical cord anomalies: antenatal ultrasound findings and postnatal correlation
  1. Catrin Kar Yee Kong1,
  2. Khoo Zi Xean2,
  3. Fay Xiangzhen Li3,
  4. Suresh Chandran4,5,6,7
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore
  3. 3Department of Paediatric Surgery, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore
  4. 4Department of Neonatology, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
  5. 5Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore
  6. 6Yong Loo Lian School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  7. 7Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  1. Correspondence to Professor Suresh Chandran, schandran1312{at}


Umbilical cord anomalies are rare. The differential diagnosis for a cystic structure around the umbilical cord and its insertion include pseudocyst, omphalomesenteric duct cyst, haemangioma, omphalocele or anterior abdominal wall defects. Although cord anomalies can be detected through antenatal ultrasound scans (US), very often a definitive diagnosis cannot be made. This may affect the management of the infant at birth. In cases where antenatal US was not diagnostic, current evidence supports the use of MRI to help in making an accurate diagnosis. We report two cases of umbilical cord anomalies. The first case was diagnosed in antenatal US as an omphalocele, but was found to be an allantoic cyst with hamartoma on postnatal diagnosis. The second case was not detected on antenatal US, and was diagnosed postnatally as a small omphalocele with vitellointestinal duct remnants.

  • gastrointestinal system
  • materno-fetal medicine
  • neonatal and paediatric intensive care
  • paediatric surgery

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  • Contributors CKYK, KZX and FXL: manuscript preparation and literature review. SC: mentor of this group, reviewed the manuscript and references.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.