Neonate with a single umbilical vessel

A case report

D. Radford Shanklin, Jie Zhang

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The respiratory, metabolic and excretory functions of the placenta provide maintenance of fetuses in utero even in the presence of severe malformations that preclude postnatal survival. CASE: A 17-year-old secundigravida delivered a 1,075-g liveborn in the 30th week of gestation. The infant was severely malformed, with gastroschisis and a short umbilical cord, and survived for 62 minutes after birth. The placenta was examined pathologically, and a complete autopsy was performed. The cord measured 13.0 cm long, the limit for absolute shortness. An 8.0-cm segment was found to contain only 1 umbilical vessel, basically a vein, with segmental arterial pads. CONCLUSION: The concurrence in a liveborn infant of malformations so severe it could not be sustained, a segment of umbilical cord with only 1 vessel and postnatal survival of 62 minutes emphasizes the biologic distinction between existence and vitality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-532
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Volume52
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

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Umbilical Cord
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Autopsy
Veins
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Maintenance
Parturition
Pregnancy

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  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Neonate with a single umbilical vessel : A case report. / Shanklin, D. Radford; Zhang, Jie.

In: Journal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Vol. 52, No. 6, 01.06.2007, p. 529-532.

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