Umbilical cord pseudocyst

An umbilical cord pseudocyst is a type of cystic lesion occuring 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 Wartons jelly


There is a recognised association with underlying chromosomal anomalies 2 - particularly

It is also commonly associated with omphalocele.

Antenatal ultrasound
  • 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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