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Old 12-11-2003, 11:56 AM   #1
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Fluid in brain at 8 weeks

My wife and I had an ultrasound yesterday, at just over eight weeks. Our physician decided that it would be a good idea to have one because we had had a miscarriage in the previous pregnancy. While at the office, our sonogram went very well and we were rewarded with a fantastic view of our fetus and got to hear and see the heart beating.

Unfortunately, that elation was short-lived as we later that afternoon received a telephone call informing us that upon inspection by the doctors at the practice, they had noted fluid in the brain of our fetus.

Of course, there is little good in that and we are both quite worried. We will go back to the doctor at 12 weeks for a second ultrasound exam, but in the mean time I cannot sit back and remain actionless.

From the Internet research I have been able to do, the most likely candidates for this fluid are spina bifida, Down's syndrome, and lymphatic disorders. Because the pregnancy is still so early, our physician has informed us that this may clear up on its own. She also said that we probably wouldn't know anything with certainty until the 20th week or so.

I don't want to sit and agonize over this for the next three months. Have any of you who visit this board had a similar experience, or know someone who has? I feel adrift with very little information right now, so I would sincerely appreciate anything you could share with me, even if it is just an idea of where I might look for more information.

Thank you all,

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Old 12-11-2003, 10:08 PM   #2
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Re: Fluid in brain at 8 weeks

Hello! I know that you are very upset and worried about the outcome of your baby right now and I how ever can not give you much info on this matter but I can tell you that things like this can and usually do resolve itself while the baby is growing inside mom. The chances that your child has something seriously wrong are 1 in 1000. I would just tell you to try and relax and wait for further testing and results. Does it really make a difference in how you love your child if he/she did have a problem ? With medicine today they can repair alot of things with babies even before they are born. I wish you the best of luck and I can only pray for a good outcome for your child and family."Though I may be different in many ways am I not worthy of someones love Though I may look different from others am I not made by God and deserve to live and breathe as you though others eyes donot look past my difference should the shell be deeper than my soul and heart in which those who are blind will never see? I was made by God with his two hands I need love and care just like any other please donot hate or destroy me because I am different but love and accept me for the special person that I am and will be"( Connie Folger)
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Old 12-11-2003, 10:15 PM   #3
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Re: Fluid in brain at 8 weeks

Okay I want to post my story! Hope it gives you some hope!

At 20 weeks my hubby and I had our 20 week ultrasound. The u/s tech was really rude. It lasted about an hour, told us everything looked fine and that the doctor would get the results in 2 weeks. So the next day we both get home from work (it's a friday evening) and this message says "The doctor has a preliminary on your ultrasound and would like you to make an appointment at your earliest convenience". So we were so worried and scared. Tried calling the dr's office, of course they are closed till Monday. So alllllllllllll weekend we wait around and Monday rolls around and we go into the dr's office. We had to wait for a doctor. The receptionist told us "It's very important, you need to wait and see the doctor TODAY". So we knew something was wrong. So we finally get in to see the doctor and he tells us "Your baby had moderate hydrocepholus". It is excess fluid in the brain. Either the fluid can't drain into the abdomen or the brain is creating too much fluid. So dh and I drive 9 hours to the specialist in our province. We go through genetic councelling, meeting with a perinatologist then go for another ultrasound. Turns out, the ultrasound tech angled the ultrasound wand wrong on my belly so one of the ventricles in the brain looked WAY too big.

I had my baby 10 weeks 1 day ago and he is sooo healthy!! I wouldn't worry about anything yet. Request a fetal MRI if the problem is still showing at 20 weeks. Most hospitals don't tell you about the fetal MRI but I defenitely recommend going with that first because chances are they will recommend amnio (which does carry a risk for m/c).

Anyways, good luck. My thoughts are with you and your family! Let us know how it goes.


Old 12-12-2003, 06:11 AM   #4
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Re: Fluid in brain at 8 weeks

Wow, thanks guys! I appreciate the encouragement. We miscarried in our first pregnancy, so I suppose that both my wife and I are especially paranoid this time around. Your support really helps!

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