Straight umbilical cord

Straight umbilical cord implies, as the name suggests, an umbilical cord with no coils.

The reported incidence of a straight cord is about 3.7-5% of all pregnancies.

  • the entire length of the umbilical cord shows no evidence of coiling
  • intrauterine death
  • stillbirth
  • fetal anomalies
  • prematurity
  • fetal distress
  • intrapartum heart rate decelerations
  • meconium staining

Some studies suggest that the presence of non-coiled umbilical cord places the fetus at a higher risk. It also suggests that the structural ability to resist external compressive forces is reduced 1.

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rID: 38341
System: Obstetrics
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Non coiled umbilical cord
  • Non coiled cord
  • Uncoiled cord
  • Straight cord
  • Uncoiled umbilical cord
  • Non-coiled umbilical cord

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