vitelline duct (patent)
Persistence of the vitelline duct permits an intermittent discharge of enteric contents from the umbilicus which is usually noticed in the first few days of life. It is a very rare abnormality and may be associated with an umbilical polyp.
It should be treated early with laparotomy or laparoscopy and excision of the duct to avoid intussusception or volvulus.
Last reviewed 01/2018