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September 1968

An Intestinal Polyp of the Umbilical Cord

Author Affiliations

Halifax, Nova Scotia
From the Department of Pathology, Children's Hospital and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Am J Dis Child. 1968;116(3):320-323. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100020322017

TUMORS of the umbilical cord are rare.1,2 It is, therefore, of interest to record the case of a grossly visible, pedunculated polyp of the umbilical cord which, on histological examination, was found to consist of well-formed intestine.

Gross Findings  A white primigravida, aged 21 years, gave birth at term to a normal male infant weighing 2,949 gm (6 lb 8 oz). The placenta (425 gm) and the membranes, received in 10% formaldehyde solution fixative, did not appear remarkable. The umbilical cord, 40 cm long and 0.8 cm wide, presented three vessels and seemed normal, but about 5 cm from the cut end there was seen, on the surface of the cord, a distinct nodule. It was oval, measured about 0.5 cm in its longer axis and appeared grayish-tan with a glistening, smooth surface. The nodule was freely movable on the surface of the cord, to which it apparently was

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