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Nuchal Cord

“Nuchal cord” refers to a situation in which the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the baby’s neck.  There may be more than one loop of cord around the neck. 

Nuchal cord is usually caused by the baby’s movement through a loop of the umbilical cord.  Nuchal cord may be detectable by electronic fetal heart monitoring. Variable decelerations or abnormal fetal heart rates are often associated with nuchal cord.  Nuchal cord may sometimes be visualized on color Doppler ultrasound.  Nuchal cord with one loop of cord around the baby’s neck may occur in approximately 20% of deliveries.

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