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Old 08-11-2006, 07:02 AM   #4
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Re: Single Vessel in the Cord

Are you sure there's a single VESSEL in the cord, as opposed to a single ARTERY? I don't think it would be possible for a fetus to survive with only one blood vessel, as you need one vein to bring nutrients in and one artery to take wastes out. A normal placenta has three vessels: one vein and two arteries.

If your friend's placenta has two blood vessels, and the ultrasound didn't show any problems, the baby is probably fine. In 20 or 25% of cases with only two vessels, there's something wrong with the baby, but in all the rest the baby is fine.They say if the ultrasound doesn't show any problems then the baby is most likely fine.