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Uncoiled Umbilical Cord
Uncommon finding: This is found in 1/2 to 1 % of newborns & 2/3 have no additional issues of any importance. In some additional anomalies are found & should be obvious to the examining physicians. Some anomalies require special studies for detection like those of the kidneys. ...Read more
Some people do: Once the cord stump dries up and falls off, it's harmless and some people do keep it for a memento. What to keep in a baby box or album is a very personal decision, and also varies with culture. But dried cord stump poses no risk of carrying infections or anything bad. Also, the dried cord stump has no potential future medical use (banking cord blood is totally different process). ...Read more
Not much to worry: Cords like people come in different shapes and sizes. I am not sure of the context of your question-but if the infant is born normally with a non-coiled cord-i am not concerned at all. ...Read more
Depends on situation: Since the umbilical stump is composed of arteries & a vein that fed baby during pregnancy, it acquired a significant size.As the cord stump dries & separates, there is often a bit of bleeding.Usually only enough to cover a few q-tips.Local care as you would a scratch is all that is needed unless the bleeding persists.Occasionally the pediatrician needs to cauterize a stubborn bleeder in the offic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1 weeks: The umbilical cord usually falls off in the first 7-10 days. May take up to two weeks. If you were told to clean with alcohol, then do so once a day. Cleaning every diaper change with alcohol keeps it too clean and delays falling off.Once it falls off it will stink for a week or so. Then you can clean every change with alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Spinal cord injury is very complex and the ability to "fix" the problem depends on many things including how badly the nerves have been injured, the age of the patient, the mechanism of injury, etc. Unfortunately, the overall healing potential of the spinal cord is quite poor and many injuries result in permanent problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the differences between a public umbilical cord blood bank and a private umbilical cord blood bank?
No known association: Over three decades I have never seen any association between the two. I have had an infant with 5 wraps around the neck & no hiccups & hundreds with no wrap & hiccups. Just because the two may appear together on occasion does not mean the one issue was a signal of the other. ...Read more
My syrinx is almost wall to wall in my spinal cord. If they drain the syrinx will the spinal cord rejuvenate itself?
HARD TO PREDICT: If your syrinx is creating a compressive effect within spinal cord, risk of future deterioration is very real indeed, and would try to get this under control before more neurological disability ensues. Although you may not necessarily reverse all the pre-existing issues, the likelihood of prevention and cessation of the damage is very good if surgery is performed. Please discuss fully with doc. ...Read more
In miscarriage, if amniotic sac attached with placenta passed in discharge, can umbilical cord also be visible?
How far along : That would depend how far along someone is when they miscarry. ...Read more
Single artery: Usually in the umbilical cord there are two arteries and one vein. Every now and then a baby is born with one artery in the umbilical cord. In the majority of cases this is not a problem. That single artery can support the pregnancy. Occasionally the single artery can indicate the presence of a congenital abnormality of heart, kidney, intestines. This can be identified by ultrasound. ...Read more
Had 20 week ultrasound. Midwife reported umbilical cord attached to the membrane of placenta. Is this serious?
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