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Umbilicus and Umbilical Cord


  • Discusses umbilicus and umbilical cord physiology and pathology

  • Covers all congenital anomalies and acquired diseases of the umbilical cord and umbilicus

  • Addresses the significance of the umbilicus from a clinical perspective, also offering insight into cultural aspects


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 5-5
    3. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 7-11
    4. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 13-13
    5. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 15-16
    6. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 17-17
    7. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 19-21
    8. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 23-26
  3. Umbilical Cord

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 43-45
    3. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 47-56
    4. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 63-66
    5. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 67-71
    6. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 73-74
    7. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 75-77
    8. Mohamed Fahmy
      Pages 79-86

About this book


This book discusses the importance of umbilical cord and umbilicus as a unique structure, in health and in different diseases. All congenital anomalies of the umbilical cord as well as acquired diseases are explained and discussed with illustrations and animations.

Starting from complications during and after birth, the book then covers childhood and adolescent umbilical abnormalities. Conditions such as umbilical stump diseases and anomalies, gastroschisis, omphalocele and urachal anomalies are discussed and explained, highlighting recent advances in their management. Among the contents are also chapters offering a cultural and historical perspective to the topic.

Written by a top pediatric surgeon this book brings decades of practical knowledge to readers, highlighting the importance of the umbilicus in development and childhood health.


Navel Belly button beautification and fetishism Omphalitis Umbilical hernia Gastroschisis Examophalous Vitellointestinal Duct anomalies Urachus and umbilical neoplasm

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Pediatric SurgeryAl Azher University Pediatric SurgeryCairoEgypt

About the authors

Mohamed Abdel Baky Fahmy, MD, FRCS, is a Professor of Pediatric Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Pediatric Diseases. After studying at Al-Azhar University, Dr. Fahmy became a fellow to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and trained in Manchester, UK before taking up his present position. His previous posts include Head of the Pediatric Surgery Department at the King Fahed Tertiary Hospital, AL Baha, Saudi Arabia, and Consultant and Head of Pediatric Surgery Nasser Institute for Research and Treatment, Cairo. Dr. Fahmy has also been registered with the British Medical Council since 1994. He was the secretary general of Egyptian Association of Pediatric Surgeons and also a Member of the British Association of Pediatric Surgeons and American Association of Academic Surgery. Dr. Fahmy has published on a range of topics in pediatric urology and neonatal surgery in both national and international publications, with innovation in the field of continent urinary diversion. In recent years he has exhibited  a great interest in rare genitourinary anomalies, and he is the author of Springer’s Illustrative Textbook of Rare Genitourinary Anomalies, 2015.

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“This book reviews all aspects of the umbilicus and the umbilical cord, including all congenital and acquired conditions affecting these structures. … The audience is primarily clinicians who treat children. Surgeons, pediatricians, medical students, and those interested in medical history will find interesting and useful information. … This is a very thorough review of the umbilicus and the umbilical cord. Although it is narrowly focused on the umbilicus, it covers the topic exhaustively and well.” (Vincent R. Adolph, Doody's Book Reviews, April, 2018)