Umbilical cord edema associated with patent urachus

Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Dec;22(6):646-7. doi: 10.1002/uog.924.


Umbilical cord anomalies can often be detected prenatally by ultrasound, but a definitive prenatal diagnosis is not always possible. We present a case with increasing edema of the Wharton's jelly followed by the development of pseudocysts in the proximal umbilical cord due to a patent urachus. The first abnormal findings were detected by ultrasound in the 14th week of gestation. Differential diagnoses and their influence on surveillance and birth management are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Edema / diagnostic imaging*
  • Edema / etiology
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal
  • Umbilical Cord / diagnostic imaging*
  • Urachal Cyst / diagnostic imaging*
  • Urachus / abnormalities*