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Single Umbilical Artery

Single umbilical artery is a condition in which one artery in the umbilical cord is missing. It occurs in only 1% of pregnancies. There is a healthy pregnancy and delivery in many cases with a single umbilical artery. However, in some cases, babies with a single umbilical artery can have complications such as heart and spinal defects.

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Why does My fetus have a single umbilical artery in the ultrasound report?

Query: Hi doctor, A single umbilical artery is observed in 22nd week L2 pregnancy ultrasound. All other parameters are fine in relation to the growth of the fetus. I want to know how to deal with this. Can we go for amniocentesis or chromosome study? I also have a low-lying placenta with 5.9 inches distanc...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question and understand the concerns. A single umbilical artery can be associated with chromosomal anomalies, structural anomalies, or can be unassociated with any other anomaly. Since the previous child also had anterior abdominal wall defect...  Read Full »

My USG says there are only two vessels in the umbilical cord. Is it worrisome?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old lady and five months pregnant. In my ultrasound report, it says the baby has two vessels in the umbilical cord. Rest of the reports are normal. The doctor suggested me that everything is fine. But, I am worried regarding the complications due to two vessels. Should I...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The umbilical cord should have three vessels. Either the doctor missed one vessel or the baby has only two vessels. So, have a confirmatory scan from a center where a high-risk obstetrics specialist is available. A scan by a senior or very experienced sonologist will ...  Read Full »

Is breech position a big concern?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 29 weeks pregnant. Today we had one ultrasound scan and the report is as follows. Single live fetus in breech presentation and 2v umbilical cord. Is this a big problem? Will it cause any problem to my baby during or after birth? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The breech position is not a concern at the moment as it might change till 34 weeks in all and can become cephalic. Your wife's ultrasound report does not show any good sign for the baby's development and a single umbilical artery (2 vessel umbilical cord) is an aberr...  Read Full »

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