Extremely large number of twists of the umbilical cord causing torsion and intrauterine fetal death

A. Herman*, P. Zabow, M. Segal, R. Ron-El, Y. Bukovsky, E. Caspi

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-167
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1991

Keywords

  • Fetal death
  • Torsion
  • Umbilical cord

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