Umbilical cord pseudocyst

Umbilical cord pseudocysts are a type of cystic lesion occurring in relation to the umbilical cord.

Although the true incidence not accurately known, they are comparatively much more common than true umbilical cord cysts.

The pseudocyst basically comprises of mucoid degeneration of the Wharton jelly.

There is a recognised association with underlying chromosomal anomalies 2 - particularly the trisomy 18 3,4 . It is also commonly associated with omphalocele.

  • anechoic well defined cystic like lesions without internal vascularity
  • they can be variably sized 
  • usually appear towards the fetal insertion or within a free loop of the cord. 
  • usually, resolve by 12 weeks of gestation
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Article information

rID: 15399
System: Obstetrics
Tags: stub, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Umbilical cord pseudocysts
  • Pseudocyst of the umbilical cord
  • Pseudocysts of the umbilical cord
  • mucoid degen

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