Extremely large number of twists of the umbilical cord causing torsion of the entire length of the umbilical cord was found in two cases of intrauterine fetal death. It was twistd in one case 35 times and in the other 20 times. No additional pathology, such as stricture or abnormality of the Wharton's jelly, was found. The two mothers complained of decreased fetal movements and both newborns were found later to be growth retarded. A long cord of 120 cm was present in one case and normal length of 70 cm in the other. Close antenatal care in cases with growth retarded fetuses or decreased fetal movements may help in avoiding fetal demise in such rare cases.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics|
|State||Published - Jun 1991|
- Fetal death
- Umbilical cord