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Experts Corner

Perinatal Pathology

Two Vessel Umbilical Cord (SUA)
By Carolyn M. Salafia, MD

Carolyn Salafia, MDQ. During an ultrasound, the doctor said I had a 2 vessel cord and that it can sometimes mean that there is a chance for a heart defect. What are the complications, if any, or things that can happen with this?

A. There are two ways that folks look at a 2 vessel cord (or a "single umbilical artery", "SUA"). The first is that, IF you have a baby with many obvious malformations, it is common for that child ALSO to have a SUA.

HOWEVER, the majority of children with SUA have no other abnormalities.

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