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Old 06-25-2006, 07:33 PM   #1
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Sonograms and Dyslexia Question

Does anyone out there know if there is truly a risk of having a baby with dyslexia if you have a sonogram done? Is there any risk with ultrasounds or any of the other tests done prior to birth? We are having a baby in December and my wife is 38. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-25-2006, 07:46 PM   #2
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Re: Sonograms and Dyslexia Question

I've never heard of dyslexia being linked to ultrasounds. Ultrasounds are extremely safe. And dyslexia is a neurobiological disorder that's genetic - but keep in mind that even if you or your wife is not dyslexic, one of you could still carry the gene.

As far as any other tests....some women don't react well to the glucose test, but there's no risk involved. An amniocentesis carries a .4% risk of miscarriage, but if you have it done by a specialist (and they will most likely recommend that your wife have one, since she's over 35) that's very experienced, it should be fine - I had one and had no complications, and they use ultrasound to guide the needle so that they don't go anywhere near the baby. The only other tests I can think of would be blood tests, and well, I've certainly never heard of those posing any sort of risk.

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Old 06-26-2006, 05:53 AM   #3
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Re: Sonograms and Dyslexia Question

I, too, have never heard of anything related to dyslexia and sonograms/ultrasounds. That's a new one on me. So I did a web search.

After searching several permutations of "sonogram +dyslexia" and "ultrasound +dyslexia" I was only able to find one article from 1992 that seemed to have any credibility.

The American Institute of Songraphers (or whatever the group is called) doesn't recommend non-medical use of sonograms, but they do recommend them for medical reasons.

I have absolutely no qualms about having ultrasounds/songrams during my pregnancy... I hope you end up feeling the same.

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Old 06-26-2006, 06:01 AM   #4
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Re: Sonograms and Dyslexia Question

May I ask where you have heard this information? Dyslexia has been around longer than sonograms. I have learned that dyslexia often runs in families so I wouldn't say it is linked to sonograms. But I have never heard of this before so I was curious what made you ask the question. Did you read it somewhere?

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Old 06-27-2006, 07:10 PM   #5
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Re: Sonograms and Dyslexia Question

Thanks for all the info. I really don't remember where I heard or read this, but from what I remember, the idea was that the numbers for cases of dyslexia had grown alongside the growth in use of sonograms in the 70s. I have not been able to find any info either and that is why I posted this. I will try to find either the person or the source that I got this from asap and I will post it here when I do.

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