Forked umbilical cord

Forked umbilical cord is a rare anomaly of the umbilical cord, which can be detected on an 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.

Radiographic features


Doppler and 3D sonography plays an important role in detecting this condition as well as characterization of the vessels within the cord. Its importance lies in the high mortality rate that has been documented in these cases.

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rID: 25352
System: Obstetrics
Tag: stub, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Bifurcated umbilical cord

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