View Full Version : 1 vessel umbical cord?
03-02-2008, 07:38 PM
Its not me, but my little sister just found out that she has this and I'mjust hoping someone here may have dealt with it and could discuss their issues and outcomes with me. reading up online makes it even worse hearing about still births and.. and.. :( just hoping to hear about positive outcomes
My sister suffered a loss a few years ago to SIDS and for anything else to happen... shed be devestated, honestly, I dont think she could go through another loss.
03-03-2008, 10:30 AM
I've never heard of a one vessel umbilical cord. I have heard of a two vessel umbilical cord which means that there is only one umbilical artery (instead of 2) and one umbilical vein. If there is only 1 vessel total, I would think that it's not compatible with life :( . Because the baby needs the umbilical vein to get the oxygenated blood etc from the placenta and the umbilical arteries to get deoxygenated blood and waste products out of its body and to the placenta. If there is only one umbilical artery, instead of two, I think in most cases the baby is fine. Some babies just have a two vessel cord and they are completely normal. I think a few women here have had a two vessel cord.
I wish your sister the best. Maybe you could post to the midwife about it and see what she thinks.
03-03-2008, 11:36 AM
theres usually the 2 vessels and 1 vein. she has 1 vessel and 1 vein....
I thought I read about it somewhere on here, just hoping for more first hand info rather than everything online.... cause reading that stuff, just makes it very scarey
03-03-2008, 11:41 AM
A vein is a vessel. What you're describing is a 2-vessel cord - one artery and one vein.
I also would recommend posting on Ask A Midwife.
03-03-2008, 11:57 AM
My dd had a single vessel umbilical artery... I think that is what you are referring to. Our perinatoligist told us that it is a "soft marker" for other issues. (Which my dd did have, but it isn't always that way.) I would guess that they will do follow up tests, maybe an amnio if she wants it, a Fetal EchoCardio, more extensive ultrasounds. From there, if everything looks fine, they will probably just monitor her really well. SVUA is sometimes connected with IUGR, so they would watch the babies growth carefully-- our peri said that if the baby stopped growing, they would take her early, but that is really worst case scenario. Eve had a lot of different soft markers for genetic things, but we decided against any invasive testing and just prayed a lot. Her heart looked good (some regurgitation that miraculously disappeared. :heart: ) and through ultrasounds we were able to ease some fears.
For us, DD was born with a Tracheo-Esophogeal Fistula (Killed the spelling sorry :o ), but no other genetic anomolies. She did undergo surgery and is an amazing, strong, fiesty, fabulous 5 year old.
I wish the best for your sister, I can't imagine the worry she must feel especially after her loss. :hug:
03-03-2008, 11:59 AM
Btw, they refer to it as single vessel because usually there are 2 going in and 1 going out, this anomaly has 1 in 1 out. I think :o It's been a few years. :lol:
03-03-2008, 11:59 AM
Somebody in my BBB for Vi had this and I'm trying to recall who. Might have been Susan Michelle. I do recall that the outcome was a perfectly healthy baby though.
03-30-2008, 07:28 AM
Thankfully I recieved an update on my sisters pg condition. Turns out its NOT a issue at all. Inexperienced tech noted 3 vessles in some areas, 2 in others. The cord was simply twisted in a way making it difficult. Yet, in her report, she stated nothing of that, just that there were only 2 vessels. Didn't take pictures of the area where you could see all 3, just where you could see 2. So even the radiologist looking over the report couldn't correct her error.
So far her lil one is doing amazingly well, growing right on schedule... ok... already measuring big... but all her children were almost 10 pounds... poor woman!
04-02-2008, 03:40 PM
Well that sounds encouraging, I'm sure she's very relieved!
Thanks for giving us the update.
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