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07 Jun 2004

Herniated Umbilical Cord
Hi All,

I have been told that a herniated umbilical cord is a common thing and nothing to worry about. I was wondering what causes it and if there is anyone out there who's baby was born with it? I am now just over 36 weeks pregnant and the gynae said that there could be a bump on the abdomen of our little one. He said that it could possibly be a herniated umbilical cord, but will try and turn her to see better at my next scan.

I know that these types of things can go away as the baby grows and as the stomach muscles are still closing.

If your baby is born with this herniation, will it have to be fixed sergically?

Any information or experiences are welcome. Doc, your input would be very valuable.

Thanks
Theresa
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

A simple umbilical hernia is common and surgical intervention is usually not indicated, because it is not dangerous and resolves spontanuously within 2-4yrs. There are other herniations in the same area that may have different implications, but you need to discuss the exact diagnosis with the person who did the ultrasound evaluation.
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