Forked umbilical cord
Forked umbilical cord is rare anomaly of the umbilical cord, which can be detected on antenatal scan. The umbilical cord splits into two cords and contains three vessels in each of the bifurcated cords. This anomaly is seen associated with monochorionic twins.
Doppler and 3D sonography plays an important role in detecting this condition and also characterisation of the vessels within the cord. Importance lies in it as high mortality rate has been documented in these cases.
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