Can nuchal cord cause transient increased nuchal translucency thickness?

R. Maymon*, A. Herman, E. Dreazen, Y. Tovbin, I. Bukovsky, Z. Weinraub

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When detected in a first trimester scan, an increased thickness of nuchal translucency (NT) may be associated with chromosomal, cardiac or genetic disorders. However, less attention has been devoted to the outcome of those fetuses who have confirmed normal anatomies and karyotyping, but have abnormal first trimester scans. Thus, a challenging new issue is how to counsel such cases of transient increased NT in which the translucency rapidly vanishes with no evidence of other underlying abnormalities. Two cases of transient increased thickness of NT are reported, in both, a nuchal cord was ultrasonographically demonstrated and a thorough work-up revealed chromosomally and anatomically normal fetuses. The pathophysiological theories behind these observations and their significance are discussed. Based on these observations, we suggest that transvaginal sonography combined with Doppler flow studies should be utilized for the presize detection of cord patterns to accomplish the work-up in cases of increased NT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-559
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Reproduction
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999


  • Doppler flow
  • Nuchal cord
  • Nuchal translucency
  • Pregnancy
  • Sonography
  • Transient appearance


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