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Spontaneous umbilical cord haematoma
  1. Kate Elizabeth Hooper,
  2. Peter Sebire
  1. Paediatric Department, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Berkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kate Elizabeth Hooper, Paediatric Department, Wexham Park Hospital, Wexham, Slough, Berkshire SL2 4HL, UK; kehooper{at}

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A male baby was delivered at term by vaginal delivery after induction of labour for maternal gestational diabetes. The pregnancy had been uncomplicated, with normal routine ultrasound scans. At delivery, the umbilical cord proximal to the baby had an abnormal appearance, with dark red discolouration and markedly increased thickness, measuring 4.5 cm in diameter at the widest part (figure 1 …

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