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Re: Ultrasound scare-Triple-Screen Nerves

Re: Ultrasound scare-Triple-Screen Nerves

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Posted by Jeanne on March 05, 2000 at 09:17:36:

In Reply to: Ultrasound scare-Triple-Screen Nerves posted by Kelly on March 03, 2000 at 13:36:09:

Triple screen and ultrasound are just screening tests which may help to pick out baby's who are at greater risk of certain birth defects or chromosomal problems. They do not tell you if the baby actually does have a problem or not. On ultrasound, you can sometimes see "soft signs" of Down Syndrome. These signs are present in "normal" babies as well but are slightly more common in the Down Syndrome population. These signs include a curve in the small finger of the baby, echogenic bowel or heart, increased thickness of the skin at the back of the baby's neck (nuchal thicness),increased fluid collection in the kidneys, and a cyst in the choroid plexus of the baby's brain. (There may be others but this is all I can think of right now.) Most of the babies with these signs are normal!! From what I can gather from your post, it sounds like your baby did not have any soft signs on ultrasound, which is also very reassuring. The only way to know for sure if your baby has a problem with its chromosomes is an amniocentesis, which carries with it the risk of miscarriage. When you get your triple screen result, sit down and discuss all the information with your doctor...or ask to talk with a genetic counselor to help you put the information into perspective. Jeanne

: I have had an ultrasound and was advised toward ultrasoundII for cranial anatomy. I had ultrasoundII, doc said all looked good to him. Hospital misplaced report while he was reviewing, came back into room with question re: nuchal fold thickness--but everything else was ok. Hospital found report, gave it to doc and there was no mention of this being a question in first report...only cranial scalloping--which was okay. Was sent to Lab for triple screen blood work. Am very scared. Can anyone help with some insight. If there are no other problems, why would this be an issue? Very nervous regarding blood work--heard it is based on computer generated percentages and can make you insane for no reason. Please help!

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