Umbilical cord accidents: human studies

Semin Perinatol. 2002 Feb;26(1):79-82. doi: 10.1053/sper.2002.29860.


Research is needed to determine the cause of unexplained stillbirth. Sudden antenatal death syndrome is an important national issue that requires more scrutiny. Umbilical cord accidents as a causative factor of stillbirth need intensive investigation. Evidence supports a role of the umbilical cord in a portion of stillbirth cases, and theory suggests additional causes. This article summarizes the known information relating umbilical cord accidents and stillbirth and highlights the research needs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Fetal Death / epidemiology
  • Fetal Death / etiology*
  • Fetal Death / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Ischemia
  • Obstetric Labor Complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Factors
  • Torsion Abnormality
  • Umbilical Cord* / abnormalities
  • Umbilical Cord* / blood supply