Five too many! A Case of Incidentally Detected Five Vessel Umbilical Cord Associated with Placental Chorangiosis

  • Toyaja Mohan Jadhav Dept of Laboratory Sciences, 12 Airforce Hospital, Gorakhpur, UP, India
  • Ahmed Waheed Kashif Dept of Pathology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Sushil Garud Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 12 Airforce Hospital, Gorakhpur, UP, India
Keywords: Blood vessels, Umbilical cord, placenta, placenta diseases


Supernumery vessels are defined as presence of four or more vessels present within the umbilical cord. This condition may often accompany a poor pregnancy outcome and presence of congenital anomalies. They may be present in healthy fetuses. Chorangiosis is an adaptive response to in-utero hypoxia and its presence signifies better pregnancy outcomes. Abnormalities that lead to multiple cord vessels are rare with the majority of reported cases highlighting four vessels due to a persistent right umbilical vein. Here, we report a case of a 5-vessel umbilical cord associated with chorangiosis of placenta, detected incidentally after birth.


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