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Megacystis associated with an umbilical cord cyst: a sonographic feature of a patent urachus in the first trimester.
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PMID:  20103802     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this series was to report the first-trimester sonographic findings, antenatal course, and outcome in fetuses with a patent urachus. METHODS: We conducted a review of ultrasound reports and medical charts from 3 pregnancies complicated by a congenital patent urachus detected in the first trimester. RESULTS: All 3 fetuses had megacystis and an umbilical cord cyst close to the fetal abdominal insertion that was detected in the first trimester. In 2 cases, the megacystis resolved spontaneously while the umbilical cord cyst worsened in appearance; among them, massive edema of the umbilical cord was documented in 1, and evidence of partial bladder exstrophy was detected in the third trimester in the other. Both cases required neonatal surgery with no complications. In the remaining case, the fetus died in the early second trimester. Postmortem examination confirmed the diagnosis of a patent urachus, an allantoic cyst, and thrombosis of the umbilical vessels. CONCLUSIONS: Megacystis is a warning sign of a patent urachus in the first trimester. The prognosis of this condition is generally good; however, fetal death can occur secondary to compression of umbilical vessels due to the expanding allantoic cyst.
Waldo Sepulveda; Shanna M Rompel; Daniel Cafici; Eduardo Carstens; Victor Dezerega
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1550-9613     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ultrasound Med     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-27     Completed Date:  2010-05-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211547     Medline TA:  J Ultrasound Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  295-300     Citation Subset:  IM    
Casilla 208, Santiago 20, Chile.
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MeSH Terms
Cystitis / complications*,  ultrasonography*
Pregnancy Trimester, First
Ultrasonography, Prenatal / methods*
Umbilical Cord / ultrasonography*
Urachal Cyst / complications*
Urachus / ultrasonography*

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