umbilical cord problem

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umbilical cord problem
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Wed, 09-29-2010 - 1:26am

Last night I found out my sister-in-law, who's expecting a boy in February, has some kind of problem ... that the umbilical cord of her baby has only one "tube" or "vein" instead of the 2 it's supposed to have.



I have never heard of this sort of anomaly. Do any of you ladies know something about it?



Thanks.



Molly

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Wed, 09-29-2010 - 12:37pm

Hi Molly -



I know nothing about this but here is a cut and paste from the web on it. It could be nothing more than something for the Drs to keep an eye on - or it could mean health problems for the baby...has your SIL had any genetic testing done on her baby? They mention Trisomy 18 as a cause 20% of the time.



Single Umbilical Artery

The umbilical cord normally contains 2 arteries and a single vein. Occasionally, one umbilical artery is absent, with the left artery absent more commonly than the right. Single umbilical arteries are associated more commonly with fetal anomalies than normal cords.

Single umbilical artery occurs in fewer than 1% of cords in singletons and 5% of cords in at least one twin.

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Thu, 09-30-2010 - 2:34am

Hi Renee, thank you for looking up that info for me!



The morning I wrote that post here, Google wasn't loading for some reason, so I was not able to get any info off Google right away. Later in the day I was able to do more reading online about "single umbilical artery" which I had NEVER heard of.



My SIL has in fact done an amniocentesis (she's over 35) and so far everything looks OK. Seems like SUA is a condition which sometimes, but not always, causes (or is the result of) defects or complications. I know my SIL was going to a specialist app't yesterday evening but haven't heard the results yet. Probably they will monitor her more often to make sure the baby is growing properly.



Thanks again!



Molly

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Thu, 10-28-2010 - 2:32pm

Molly,

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Sat, 10-30-2010 - 4:18am

Thanks Melissa, I haven't spoken with my SIL for a while but will be seeing her this weekend. According to DH her checkups up to now are showing that everything is OK. Hoping it will stay that way!

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Sat, 10-30-2010 - 11:10pm

Hi Molly -

I ran into another woman with the same umbilical cord problem. She said her OB will be starting regular u/s screening on the baby to check

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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 12:10pm

That's great to hear, Molly!

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Mon, 11-08-2010 - 3:30pm

...I had this, or at least my daughter did. The statistics freaked me out, but I was reassured to learn that mostly, an SUA is only reported when there IS a problem, so if anyone is diagnosed with this, ignore the statistics you find online. If the baby is fine in a level II ultrasound, likely everything is fine, and after she is born, they will scan her kidneys to make sure she has 2 of them, as that can rarely be a problem with SUA's. But enourage your SIL to do kick counts regularly!!! A lot of SUA babies have to come early because they have less blood flow toward the end of the 3rd trimester, and if they become less active, time to come out...and for some reason, they are more likely to be breech. I had an external version before she was born. (ugh)

My daughter came late, of all things, and was induced because she was making us very nervous. 9 lbs, 8 oz...very fine little beautiful 2 year old now.

Best of luck to your SIL...it made for a very nervous pregnancy for me :)