Unusual umbilical cord finding in a neonate


  • Antonieo Jude Raja Department of Paediatrics Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Kadirkamam, Puducherry, India
  • Sriambika K. Department of Anatomy, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India




Allantois remnant, Liquefaction, Pseudocyst, Umbilical cord cyst, Umbilical cyst, Wharton jelly


Umbilical cord cyst refers to any cystic lesion that are associated with the umbilical cord. They are classified as true cysts or pseudocysts. True cysts are small remnants of the allantois, whereas false cysts originate from liquefaction of Wharton Jelly. In present case, cyst was diagnosed at birth without any associated congenital anomalies and resolved spontaneously within a few days requiring nil surgical intervention. Umbilical cord cysts deserve special attention since 20% of them, regardless of type, are associated with structural or chromosomal anomalies. Because of this, fetal karyotyping and amniocentesis should be considered when cysts persist beyond the first trimester.


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