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Sudden intrauterine death associated with furcate insertion of the umbilical cord


Laberke, P J; Deubler, G (2009). Sudden intrauterine death associated with furcate insertion of the umbilical cord. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 123(6):509-512.

Abstract

In the case described, a completely uncomplicated pregnancy ended with a fatal outcome. Intrauterine fetal death, which was diagnosed prepartum at 40 weeks of gestation, was caused by hemorrhage of the fetus into the amniotic fluid following rupture of the umbilical vein at the site of furcate insertion of the umbilical cord. This insertion anomaly accompanied by rupture of a vessel occurs only very rarely but represents a placental cause of an abrupt and unpredicted end of a pregnancy. Although this process involved trauma, from a medico-legal point of view, there was no sign of external impact and death could, therefore, be classified as natural.

Abstract

In the case described, a completely uncomplicated pregnancy ended with a fatal outcome. Intrauterine fetal death, which was diagnosed prepartum at 40 weeks of gestation, was caused by hemorrhage of the fetus into the amniotic fluid following rupture of the umbilical vein at the site of furcate insertion of the umbilical cord. This insertion anomaly accompanied by rupture of a vessel occurs only very rarely but represents a placental cause of an abrupt and unpredicted end of a pregnancy. Although this process involved trauma, from a medico-legal point of view, there was no sign of external impact and death could, therefore, be classified as natural.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Legal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 08:29
Last Modified:21 Sep 2018 17:37
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0937-9827
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00414-008-0295-6
PubMed ID:19034477

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