What is the difference between umbilical granuloma and umbilical polyps in abdominal hernias?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Some neonates have delayed separation of the umbilical cord remnant in conjunction with secondary bacterial colonization and low-grade infection. The salmon-pink, cobblestone-appearing friable mass that later persists at the umbilicus is termed an umbilical granuloma. A polyp with a glistening, cherry-red smooth surface is usually an umbilical polyp with associated intestinal or bladder mucosa (eg, an omphalomesenteric duct or urachal remnant).


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