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What are the symptoms of umbilical cord prolapse?

What are the symptoms of umbilical cord prolapse?

Dramatic drop in FHR: Umbilical cord prolapse occurs suddenly in many cases. There is typically a sudden drop in the fetal heart rate, and someone examining the patient from below can feel a pulsating cord. This is an OB emergency. ...Read more

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Umbilical Cord Prolapse (Definition)

In umbilical cord prolapse, the cord slips ahead of the presenting part of the fetus and protrudes into the cervical canal or vagina, or beyond. It constitutes an obstetrical emergency because the prolapsed cord is vulnerable to compression, umbilical vein occlusion, and umbilical artery vasospasm, which can compromise fetal ...Read more


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What can be done for umbilical cord prolapse?

What can be done for umbilical cord prolapse?

Emergent care: If possible, the effect of the prolapse is reduced, which can require a hand be pushed up the birth canal to prevent the head from pressing against the placenta. I have known this to happen inside an ambulance heading to the hospital. An emergency C-section delivers the baby from above. Failure to keep the head off the placenta stops blood flow and suffocates baby. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Umbilical cord prolapse?

What is the definition or description of: Umbilical cord prolapse?

Umbilical prolapse: In umbilical cord prolapse, the cord slips ahead of the presenting part of the fetus and protrudes into the cervical canal or vagina, or beyond. It constitutes an obstetrical emergency because the prolapsed cord is vulnerable to compression, umbilical vein occlusion, and umbilical artery vasospasm, which can compromise fetal oxygenation prior to birth. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat umbilical cord prolapse?

How do doctors treat umbilical cord prolapse?

C- section delivery: When recognized, one member of the staff will be positioned beneath the patient with a hand pushing up on the head of the baby to keep it from compressing the cord. The rest of the team readies the patient for an emergency c-section. ...Read more

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Umbilical cord prolapse caused a 30 second lack of oxygen to the baby during delivery. Will the baby be okay?

Umbilical cord prolapse caused a 30 second lack of oxygen to the baby during delivery. Will the baby be okay?

Only 30 ???: I am reluctant to accept the initial statement as realistic. Once a cord begins to prolapse it can produce an intermittent but complete obstruction to blood flow that may add up to a significant o2 deficit over time.I'm not sure anyone can estimate the insult accurately.If only 30, probably no long term effect. If low 1/5/10 min apgars and seizures in the 1st 24hr,it was longer and more problemat ...Read more

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28wks pregnant. Found out at ob appt today baby is footling breech.Ob wants to monitor cervix fortnightly.Is this dangerous?Scared of cord prolapse?

28wks pregnant. Found out at ob appt today baby is footling breech.Ob wants to monitor cervix fortnightly.Is this dangerous?Scared of cord prolapse?

OK to monitor: Though I wouldn't be so concerned about your cervix unless it were open or if there were concern about preterm labor, it is reasonable to regularly see your obstetrician for prenatal care. Ultrasounds to evaluate your baby's position and switch from breech to cephalic are important and just b/c it's breech now doesn't mean it'll be breech later. See your doctor ASAP if you have pain/discharge. ...Read more

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My son is 2 weeks old and his umbilical cord is half way off but his wound still looks fresh.I s this ok or should I call his doctor?

My son is 2 weeks old and his umbilical cord is half way off but his wound still looks fresh.I s this ok or should I call his doctor?

Totally normal: As the cord pulls away, it can be moist looking for a few days and even bleed a little bit - all normal. It will dry up within a few days. Notify doctor if pus drains from site or if redness around the actual belly button area, or if it smells really bad. If it's not drying up in a few days, may have a little bit left over called a granuloma - then doc might need to dry it up a bit. ...Read more

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Wen i had my baby i was told the umbilical cord was short.What could cause that?

Wen i had my baby i was told the umbilical cord was short.What could cause that?

Not significant: Cords vary in length, needing only to be long enough to connect baby to the placenta and assure transfer of nutrients.The longest I've seen was about 7 feet, but baby had it wrapped 5 times around the neck before her c/s delivery at term. (normal baby) the average is about 2-3 feet.I see no reason to worry about it. ...Read more

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I feel umbilical cord pain, not like pain little pinch.Can you help me pls.Thanks?

I feel umbilical cord pain, not like pain little pinch.Can you help me pls.Thanks?

PictureWorth1000Wrds: Belly button pain is usually due to a hernia or an infection at the umbilicus. Is the pinch worse w/exercise or exertion? Can you see or feel a little lump at or next to the belly button? Does it look more like an "out-y"? Is there any renders or drainage? Best bet-make an appointment to see a primary care doctor for definitive diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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