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Caput medusa in a newborn infant
  1. Michal Molad1,2,
  2. Karen Lavie-Nevo1,2,
  3. Corina Hartman3
  1. 1 Department of Neonatology, Carmel Medical Center, Haifa, Israel
  2. 2 Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine – Technion, Israel institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  3. 3 Gastroenterology and Nutrition Unit, Carmel Medical Center, Haifa, Israel
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michal Molad, Department of Neonatology, Carmel Medical Center, Haifa 3436212, Israel; michize{at}

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A term baby was born by spontaneous vaginal delivery. On his first physical examination, a prominent and wide umbilical stump was noticed, as well as congestion of the abdominal wall veins, especially while crying (figure 1). The veins radiated from the umbilicus upwards to the thorax, similar to caput medusa of portal hypertension. No hepatosplenomegaly was noted. An ultrasound …

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