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Posted by Yvonne on February 17, 2000 at 00:32:46:

I am a 30 year old mother of a wonderful 2 1/2 year old daughter and my husband and I are pregnant with our son. I am 21 weeks and 4 days along. When I was 19 weeks along, my OB performed a sonogram and found bilateral choroid plexus cysts in his brain. She sent me to UC Davis for futher testing and genetic counseling. At 20 weeks and one day, they found the cysts in addition to nucal thickening (measuring 6.6mm to 7.5mm). They found no other abnormalities, but they said that these two findings together mean that I have a 1:37 chance of having a child with Down's Syndrome. The radiologist suggested that we do an amnio, but we are going to have this child regardless of what is found, so we opted to exclude the amnio as I had pre-term labor with my daughter at 26 weeks, had her at 35 weeks and she was in the hospital for her first two weeks. Anyway, the genetic counselor told us that we had less than a 10% chance of having a child with Down's when taking into consideration that my AFP came back normal giving me a 1:2000 chance of having a child with Down's, my age only being 30 and there being no family history of Down's on either side. Is there anyone else out there that has gone through this type of experience and what was the outcome. We cannot wait to see our son, regardless of the outcome, but I seem to be concerned about who should treat me or be available to treat our son when he is born. Our genetic counselor stated that the two findings are not suggestive of a high-risk pregnancy and I should continue seeing my regular OB. I plan on making out a birthing plan next month and speaking with my daughter's pediatrician and my OB at my next appointment about my concerns, but I would like to get more information on how many people have found themselves in this type of situation and what the outcome of it was. I have been doing a lot of research on Down's and the more I research, the more I remember when they were doing the sonogram that may be a sign of Down's (such as...we could see his toung moving in and out of his mouth, his femur length measures 2 days smaller than his head circumference and 5 days smaller than his abdomen circumference.

Please e-mail me if you are responding as I may not be able to get back to this website.

Thank you for your help!

In Christ's Love,
Yvonne

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