Absence of Wharton's jelly: case report

There are few reports in the literature of the absence of Wharton's Jelly. Here we report the seventh case in a primigravida, 22 years old, admitted after vaginal delivery of stillborn. The umbilical cord have a long segment with disruption of cord structures and the three blood vessels were completely separated from each other, with a minimum amount of Wharton's jelly remaining around each vessel. The absence of Wharton' jelly is associated with fetal distress, intrauterine growth restriction, and fetal death. Quantitative/qualitative studies of Wharton's jelly represent an open field of research for possible correlations with obstetric conditions and fetal deaths.Na literatura, há poucos relatos sobre a ausência de geleia de Wharton. Relatamos o sétimo caso em uma primigesta de 22 anos, admitida após parto vaginal de feto natimorto. O cordão umbilical apresentava longo segmento com esfacelo da geleia e três vasos sanguíneos completamente separados uns dos outros, com mínima quantidade de geleia de Wharton remanescente ao redor de cada vaso. Ausência de geleia de Wharton associa-se a estresse, restrição de crescimento e óbitos fetais. Estudos quantitativos/ qualitativos sobre a geleia de Wharton representam campo de pesquisa aberto para possíveis correlações com condições e doenças obstétricas e óbitos fetais.
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial - Category: Pathology Source Type: research

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