I am currently 23 weeks pregnant. I had my first ultrasound at 15 weeks and was sent to the Radiologist for a more detailed ultrasound two weeks later. On July 10th, I went to get that ultrasound done where I also found out that I am having a girl (due date Nov. 25th). A few days later the radiologist calls back informing me that they found a white mass near the baby's heart. He said that this is a common thing, I also talked to two other doctors after that who also said that this happens very often but because I am 32 years old, I was automatically put into the 'higher risk' category and am awaiting to see a specialist on Aug 6th, to see if something might be wrong. They are talking from 'it could be nothing but a calcium deposit' to 'it could be worst case scenario and be Down Syndrome'. Needless to say, I am somewhat stressed. What infuriated me more was that the doctor forgot to order the Down Syndrome Blood test the day I had my 15th week ultrasound, although I gave blood for everything else in the book. He kind of was embaressed that he forgot and told me it would be too late to test for it now.
It makes me mad to categorize women over 30 as high risk, although it is now very common for women even in their 40's to have children and statistically (I did the research) more women UNDER 30 give birth to children with Down Syndrome. And once put into the grop of 'risk' because I am 30, they forget to test for that specific thing.
My question is: has anybody had these white spots in their ultrasound and what was the outcome? Should I be worried since I don't have blood results to fall back onto?
If the specialist finds something out of place on Aug 6th, I still could do the amnioplasticis (or however it is pronounced and spelled) where they stick a needle into your abdomen to get the baby's DNA but I was told by one of the doctors that there is an increased risk of miscarriage. Has anybody had this procedure done and what was the outcome? What were you told the risks were? Can anybody put my mind at ease?
Sorry for the long post
Thank you all
sorry I can't help you with this one, I am just amazed, 79 hits before me and no replies? what a shocker! I had the same response to my posts. There are better health discussion boards out there other than this one. Do some ****** search, I did and found my answers there.
I am 23 weeks and my little boy has a white spot as well. I was also told it was common, but couldn't find anyone that I knew that went through this either. I was told about the "white spot" at 17 weeks. (I was already "high risk" so get an ultrasound every 3 weeks).
The first time the doctor looked at it, she told me that it could be: a calcium deposit that would dissolve, the reflection of the light from the ultrasound, a heart condition, or an early indication of Down's. Of course, I did as much research as I could but there are no answers online or in books that could ease my mind and they all pretty much said the same things.
The second time the doctor looked at it, she mentioned that she does not think it's anything to worry about. Down's tests came back fine. To be honest, I was more worried about the heart condition possibility. I do, however, have an appointment with a pediatric heart doctor tomorrow (I'll let you know how that goes).
In your case, your doctor "forgetting" to do the Down's test is a bit nerving. However, another indication of Down's is an extraneous amount of space and fluid behind the baby's neck. And, if he/she hasn't said anything there, you should feel a bit better in that regard.
Have you found out any additional information? I will have an update tomorrow.
So, I went to the pediatric cardiologist today and the appointment was about an hour-long ultrasound. The cardiologist focused primarily on the heart chambers, did close ups of each one, listened to the heartbeat, looked at the blood flow in the heart, and took measurements.
In the end he said that everything looked fine. He showed me the little white spot and mentioned that he sees it quite often and usually there is nothing wrong with the baby. Personally, either way, I wouldn't do the 'amnioplasticis' (sp?) because no matter what, my baby is going to be my baby. He mentioned that it was more than likely a calcium deposit. Of course, the words "usually" and "more than likely" don't usually sit well with expecting mothers. So, I asked him, of all the ultrasounds he's done, were there any that came back with heart problems or Down's. He told me that since he's been a doctor (older guy) that he's only seen one patient whose baby had a minor heart issue and one that had Down's. What's more, the infant with Down's was in a high risk group for Down's and had other indicators as well.
So, isassy, i resolve for us to be optimisitc. I believe all will be well.
Last edited by bjohnson1908; 08-16-2007 at 02:00 PM.
I too just had a 26 week ultra sound and they also found a white spot above the baby's heart. I read some of the other responses and was wondering what your outcome was? I have to do some blood work today and then another ultrasound in another week. I am trying not to get too stressed but you know how that is, anyway I would appreciate it if you would share your outcome.
Last edited by ldh26; 05-12-2008 at 11:49 AM.
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The reason why you were probably considered "high risk" is because you are in your 30's. I know the books all say that younger women have a higher percentage of Downs syndrome births but that's because there is a higher number of younger mothers who have babies....
The blood work that your doctor forgot to order for you is the multiple marker screening. This test isn't mandatory in all states. I believe in most places, it's an optional screening. Many women opt out of this testing because of the false postive rates. This test doesn't tell you whether your child will/won't have downs. It simply provides a ratio, for example 1:1200 chances of downs. With increased maternal age, your risk increases. I believe for a woman in her late 30's the chances are roughly 1:200 (in that ball park anyway).
This can be a worrisome time for any expecting mother. I have had amniocentesis done with this pregnancy and my first pregnancy. With my first, I was not at any increased risk--no family history and I was only 23 at the time of my pregnancy. I'm now 26 and pregnant with my second child and still no increased risk. However, for both pregnancies, my multiple marker screening came back as "high risk" both with 1:210 or 1:110 rates for possible downs. The risk for miscarriage with amnio is 1:200 like the other poster said.
This is an extremely personal choice as to whether or not you will have the amnio done. Amnio is the only certain way that you will know whether or not your child has a chromosomal abnormality (results are 99.9% accurate). Ultrasounds are not 100% nor are the blood tests...
I understand the stress you must be going through. I wish you the best! try not to worry. I know that's easier said than done...