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Discharging umbilicus in a child

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Age at presentation

Diagnostic features



Purulent discharge

Periumbilical skin inflammation

Umbilical granuloma


Homogenous granuloma with discharge

Umbilical hernia ulceration


Skin breakdown and purulent discharge (with or without faeculent material)

Patent urachus, urachal cyst

Any age

Urine in discharge (in patent urachus), presence of second lumen in umbilical cord, purulent discharge, and mass

Patent omphalomesenteric duct remnants

Neonatal to early childhood

Serosanguinous, feculent, or bilous discharge, presence of second lumen in umbilical cord


  • 1) Martin MS, Lembo RM. A 17-year-old boy with umbilical discharge. Hospital Physician 2004; 40:19-25..

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