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Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

At my last doctor's visit, she told me that on my last ultrasound, there was a bright spot on my baby's heart and that it wasn't a murmur or a hole, it was a chromosonal thing with a really long name that I can't remember? She referred us to a specialist. She said not to worry, and that she sees it all the time. What could she be talking about? -- vherfurth1

Re: At my last doctor's visit, she told me that on my last ultrasound, there was a bright spot on my baby's heart and that it wasn't a murmur or a hole, it was a chromosonal thing with a really long name that I can't remember? She referred us to a specialist. She said not to worry, and that she sees it all the time. What could she be talking about? -- vherfurth1

The Bump Expert

What you describe sounds like an echogenic cardiac focus. On ultrasound, it looks like a bright spot in the muscle of one of the heart valves. In and of itself, it will not cause the baby any problems; it is not a heart defect and does appear to increase the baby's risk of having a heart defect. It is a common finding in normal babies. But, it may very mildly increase the risk that the fetus has Down Syndrome.

The first step is to see if there are any other ultrasound markers for Down Syndrome. As long as this is an isolated finding, the risk of Down Syndrome is increased only slightly -- between 1.8 and 5-fold over your age-related or calculated risk (based on whatever screening test for Down Syndrome your doctor performed). As long as you are less than 35 years old and your screening tests and ultrasounds are normal, I generally do not recommend an amniocentesis. Of course, if you have already had a normal amniocentesis, this finding is nothing to worry about.

Dr. Ashley Roman

re: Q: Spot on Baby's Heart?

my dr informed DH and I of this exact thing @ our 19w appt... she said not to worry.. but did refer us for another u/s.. i did some research and being that I am not high risk I'm praying everything is clear.. I was so happy when i came on and saw that this is something a lot of moms experience... thanks Nest!!!

MrsGrady |

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My 18 week ultrasound found the same thing. My doctor didn't seem too worried about it either. There were no other markers for Down Syndrome and the baby looked totally fine otherwise. It definitely freaked me out, though. No one wants to hear something like that about their baby. I'm praying that she is born totally normal and healthy.

cakibs |

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We had this same finding at our 18 week u/s. I completely freaked out and immediately thought of the worst! My quad screen came back normal, but we are still going in for another u/s next week. It does help a lot knowing there are others going through the same thing. Since this finding, we have talked to many people who either had children with this same finding or knew of someone who had a child with this...all came out perfectly normal and healthy :) But, like others pointed out, it is difficult to hear that something *could* be wrong with your baby.

mommajd28 |

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I also got the same findings on my ultrasound this yesterday. I cried all morning. I'm glad to hear there are others going through the same thing. Someone mentioned that they are going to do another ultrasound? What are they going to look for? I did the blood screening and will ge tthe results next week. I'm not going to get an amnio so they said that I wont find out if the baby is affected until it's born.

tammy3 |

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I was told that there were multiple echogenic foci on my little guy's heart. I was really freaked out b/c my nuchal translucency and blood tests had all come back normal w/ a chance of down's syndrome being about 1 in 40,000. I knew I couldn't go the next 20 weeks stressing out about the possiblity, so I had an amnio that was performed by a doc who does about 1000 per year. Luckily everything came back normal and the finding turned out to be completely benign. The whole experience was pretty unsettling though.

jb902 |

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We had an u/s this past Tuesday and our little boy had what is called pyelectasis which is fluid build-up in the ureters leading from the kidney to the bladder. It was mild though. Our doc is sending us to a specialist to have another u/s just to get more exact measurements. This is also a possible indication of DS but I didn't have the screening done so we don't know our risk level. I am young though (27) and neither me nor my husband have a history of DS in our families. I think the best thing is just to stay calm. I will love my baby no matter what and people with DS can lead happy lives. They may have challenges but that doesn't mean life won't be good for them or for you. I have known a few people with DS and they are so joyful. They truly live life to the fullest and aren't hindered in the same way some of us are. They really reach out and accept people for who they are. So no matter what just stay calm and trust God. This is why I didn't take the test. All it does is cause uneccessary worry and pain.

lilkik |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I had the same thing at our 18 week U/S and i too completely freaked out. They ended up doing a level II u/S and there were no other markers for DS--she said that combined with my quad/NT and other blood tests meant there was no increased risk. It is still hard not to worry.

sjp |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I had the same thing happen to me last week. I went in for a level two ultrasound and the Dr. said she saw white spots on the baby's heart. I freaked myself out researching online to come to find out that white spots on the heart are a soft marker for Down Syndrom as well as Congenital Heart defects. I had an EKG done of the baby's heart where the specialist looked at every single angle of the heart and concluded that it was just a little extra muscle tissue. When he told me this I started crying because I was so happy it wasn't anything else. Just take deep breaths and know that there are a lot of women out there who encounter the same thing. My doctor told me that it's generally nothing serious, and 99% of the time it's nothing at all...Hope all goes well with the specialist. Just remember to try and not worry too much about it. Chances are good that it's nothing too serious, and could possible resolve itself in time.

nalgitas66966 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

Hearing that others have gone through this and have had healthy children really alleviates a lot of my worry. Just yesterday the dr. called and told me that they found a sof spot on the baby's heart at my u/s last week. I'm 19weeks. I gave blood yesterday for the quad screening and i just continue to pray that everything will be fine! I want to just thank everyone for sharing.. although scary, it's nice to know that you're not alone. Good luck to everyone who's still waiting to find out a definiative answer! May we all have beautiful healthy babies!

jNewmami79 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I was also told my baby has the same thing. The doctor said there was no evidence of any downs syndrome in my blood work and I'm really not at risk for it in the first place, so they told me I really had nothing to worry about. It's nerve wrecking either way but I had some minor problems with my heart my whole life and I'm just fine so I know my little girl will be too :-)

Kuuipo1006 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

My husband and I got the same news, but our baby also had some swelling in the brain. We were referred to a specialist and discovered that the baby had a cyst on his cerebellum and the disorder is called Dandy Walker malformations, which is a very rare congenitive disease. Because of this the Dr recommended an amnio to figure out the cause. The preliminary results indicate down's syndrome. We of course were upset, but this is what we were handed and we'll deal with this in the best way that we can. I am not posting to scare anyone, but to let people know that you should prepare just in case. My husband and I are only 25 and we didn't expect anything like this at all. We only imagined a healthy baby and nothing else. Also, since this is rare (and we had the brain issue) most women who hear the news about the heart shouldn't fear. Good luck everyone!

caitlins015 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

Thanks all for sharing. I go back for a level 2 US Friday.. I am hoping and praying for this to be a non issue, but it has been beyond nerve wracking. I guess that when any of us have thought of being moms and imagined our babies, we imagine them being perfectly healthy and dream of them in a certain way. I pray for strength for anyone going through this to be able to have all the support they need and to be able to dream new dreams, if necessary, and to be given grace to face each day. Let's face it, it is devastating just to go from the elation of knowing that all is well with baby, to "we need to do further testing". None of us wants that. I know I don't. So along with (apparently) many other moms to be out there, I hope and pray for the best possible outcome and strength to cope with whatever comes. Thanks all for being authentic.

myhappylife |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

My husband and I were told the same thing at our 20 wk u/s. Our doctor did not seem concerned about it much at all. He even drew us a diagram of a little heart and the valves and everything to explain. He said they checked for the other markers for down syndrome and there were none. He said they see that in alot of babies who turn out to be just fine. He said it shouldn't even affect her heart at all and that they were only required to tell us about it just kind of like a liability. He is sending us for another u/s in 2 weeks but he said it was because she was kind of uncooperative and they couldn't see a couple things. Anyway, my husband is not concerned about it at all, but of course i'm freaking out a little. We have a great doctor who is very thorough about everything and if he is not concerned there really isn't much reason to worry about it. At least that's how i'm dealing with it.

sandiraenc |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

My husband and I got the same news yesterday and are going for a level 3 US this afternoon. My doctor didn't seem concerned at all with the findings but I didn't have the triple screening done so there was nothing else to go by. As soon as I got to the car I started crying because I don't want anything to be wrong with my baby but I am trusting in God to help me through this no matter what the outcome. I don't have any family members with DS nor does my husband but sometimes it happens. We are going hoping for the best and having faith that we will get good news. My husband is the strong one and says not to worry but as a mother I can't help it. Seeing all these other posts has given me some peace of mind but I know I won't truly have it until my little princess arrives in a few months. She'll be perfect no matter what. Thanks for all the encouraging words that have been left on here. It has truly helped.

cstilleku |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

My husband and I got the same news this past Monday. Needless to say it's freaking me out just a little bit. Yesterday, I went to my OB and told her about the specialists findings and she told me I should be fine. After reading the other posts, I feel somewhat at ease but it's still scary to hear that there might be something wrong with my baby. I could get the Amnio testing, but that's a risk too. I'll just pray and hope that everything turns out ok, and try not to worry too much.

pumpkingirl17 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I'm so glad to hear all these posts! We got the same news yesterday at the doctor's and I completely freaked out. My dr reassured us that the chances were 1/5000 of us having a baby with DS. My ultrascreen came back negative and this was the only finding. We're still going for a level 2 US, but I'm hoping that is all we will need

ccantill |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

This happened to me yesterday. Went in for 18 week ultrasound and thought all was well. I had my OB appointment the next morning and he said there was a echogenic cardiac focus on the heart, which is a soft marker for Downs. I totally freaked out and lost my marbles right there in the exam room. NOT what I was expecting on a sunny and otherwise normal morning OB appointment. We originally declined the quad test for this very reason; we didn't want to start worrying about "odds" but now my MD is demanding we do it to further rule anything out. We have a level II ultrasound scheduled in 2 weeks and this will be the longest 2 weeks of my life. My husband and I have done a lot of crying and praying and now just waiting. We have been reassured that even though the odds sound scary with "1:400," that still calculates out to be a 0.25% chance that baby has DS. That means we have a 99.75% chance that she's just fine. We are clinging to that currently. Glad to hear this is more common that we thought; none of my 10 friends with children ever went through this. God bless you all and your sweet babies!

jmmiller28 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I am going through this as well. Just went to an ultrasound I am 19 weeks and the doc saw a spot on the babies heart. I did not do the screening for DS. I feel a little better knowing that other women are experiencing the same thing but I am wondering out of all of these posts how many of the babies were determined not to have DS or were actually born with DS. I am trying to find comfort but it is so hard wondering what is going to happen.

abbymama |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

Thanks everyone for sharing... I also went to my 20 week u/s and my dr. found a bright spot on baby's heart but, she also was not concerned with this finding. she say's she receives 50 patients a year with this and all baby's come out pefectly healthy. She did send me to do a level 2 u/s and since I has already had done the quad screening in my 12 week and my test came back normal. I went today to have my level 2 U/S and the doctor assured me that eveything else was ok with the baby and that I shouldn't be worried about anything else. He suggested that I shouldn't do an amino test since I was so young and all my other test came back normal and also since this is such a common finding on healthy babys. l hope my story brings comfort to all expecting mommys. I know it's hard not to worry but just know that everything will be fine.

nery29 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

We went in this morning for our 20 week to find a healthy little girl. So we hope. The doctor said they found 3 spots on her heart but that there are no other indications of DS and everything else was perfectly normal. She didn't seem too concerned but she is having us go get a high risk ultrasound and I am anxiously awaiting the phone call now to find out when. I did not choose to have the tests run before because of the unnecessary worry but I am a basket case at this point. I can only pray and hope that my little girl is ok. To any of you still going through this, I pray for you as well. I wouldn't wish this worry on anyone. God bless and our sweet babies!

AshliLeo |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

In 2004 I was pregnant with a baby boy. My husband and I were so happy- as it was our first pregnancy. Unfortunately we lost him one week before my due date. He was a stillborn. We both grieved for so long, so when we tried again a few years later we were both a nervous wreck through the whole pregnancy with our baby girl. You don’t expect something like that to happen to you. Thankfully we delivered a healthy baby girl. She is two now. My husband and I now are expecting another child. This time we were rooting for a boy seeing how we have our girl now we want our boy back. So- we had a level 2 ultrasound last week and were overly joyed to discover we were having a boy. I waited for this moment for so long. But my exciting news soon turned bitter when the dr. said they discovered a bright spot on his heart. She explained that it was calcium, and that I have a higher risk of delivering a child with Down Syndrome. I was in shock. I cried and have been a basket case since. The dr. said there was a 1:3050 chance. The chances seem slim, but I still can’t stop thinking about it. I took the blood test for Down Syndrome and it came back negative, however the Dr. said that she has seen people with negative blood test and a bright spot on the heart and the baby had Down Syndrome. She also stated there were women who tested negative on blood work and who had no bright spots on the heart and delivered a bay with Down Syndrome.You just never know. I cant drive myself crazy wondering because NO MATTER WHAT I already have all my answers. I will love my baby no matter what. I guess I just wan t to prepare myself of the unknown. My dr said i could have amino to find out for sure. But after hearing all of the dangers of that tesy i declined. I guess I am going to have to keep going to my ultra sound and see if anything changes. I just want to say it is really comforting reading other posts on here knowing you are not alone. Good luck to everyone!

sboykins |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

when i was pregnant with my 2nd son my doctor told me i had "extra protien" in my blood witch increased my odds for down syndrome to 1 in 36, she had me do a level 2 us and they saw a bright spot on the heart and said my odds were now 1in 19. i had an amnio done and it turned out he was a normal healthy baby boy! but waiting for the results was the worst week ever!

rushingWed119451 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I am going through this right now, and must wait a week for Level II U/S. I am freaking out. Now I see myself looking at the sonogram pics constantly, and finding things. I am driving myself nuts :(

MekBlizz |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I am going through this right now too. I see a lot of posts about people having the same findings and going through the same tests, but there isn't much follow-up about whether or not the baby was born with Down's. It is comforting to know it is a relatively common finding, but I'd like to know how many of you had normal, healthy babies after these test results. Thank you for any follow-up information you are willing to provide.

aharing |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I had the same findings on an ultrasound when I was 20weeks, I work in Radiology and talked to all the radiologist about it and they said that it was nothing to worry if you had other tests that showed low risk for Downs. The OB was going to order another US to look more closely but the perinatologist said that it was uneeded because the risk was so low.

carlym33 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I posted a few months ago about the spot found on my babys heart. I just wanted to post now that she is born. She is perfectly healthy. I hope some of you find comfort in this. I worried like crazy my whole pregnancy.

abbymama |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I had my 20 week ultrasound and the lady said there was a white speck on our baby's heart, but asked me if I had the flu early in pregnancy. I remember right around the time that I thought morning sickness was kicking in that the flu was going around and I had a one day illness from it. The ultrasound tech said that was probably the reason for the spot. When I asked my OB about it, she said she hadn't heard anything linking the flu to white spots on the heart, but that she has seen numberous patients with a white spot on the heart and the babies turned out fine and that even her own daughter had a spot on her heart and was fine. While that was reassuring to me, I'm still a bit nervous about this. The ultrasound pic looks just like our son's so much that they could be twins, but really how much can you tell from a profile right? I wish everyone here praying for normal healthy babies luck! And I will come back and post on here when we meet our little one in December. Prayers to everyone!

lynhea |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I too am glad that i gound these post...wen i put this subject in the engine box i didnt expect anything to come back but more than what i expected. Mydoctor told me as lon as your test came back ok there is really not anything to worry about. The begining of the conversation she told me not worry n of course that is what made me worry but i guess she had to telll me becausr that is apart of her job. It is hard not to worry about it but i send prayers up n just hope to God that he hears me..these post do put me at a little ease tho thank u guys n may God bless you n all of us with beautiful healthy baby boys and girls

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watson012 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

We are dealing with this right now as well. Went in for my level II ultrasound today at 19 weeks. We did the NT screen and results came back 1:3530 (approx) for DS. During the scan today, the doctor found a spot on the baby's heart, and extra urine in the kidneys, both of which are soft markers for DS. My age risk is 1:500 (31 years old) and he said that is what he would change my risk to now, based on the findings. He offered the amnio, but we are declining for the moment, as the risk for amnio miscarriage is the same is my DS risk, 1:500. He wants us back in 8 weeks for another scan, but seemed to feel that we are still okay...he said even a 1:500 risk translates to a 99.8% chance our baby DOES NOT have DS. So, now we wait and pray, and hope that our baby is healthy. Good luck to all!

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Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

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Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I just had my 19th week U/S and was told not only do I have a huge fibroid but they found a bright red spot on my baby's heart and may have down syndrome. Not easy to swallow.......but after reading all these post I feel real positive about it!!! That was the only sign but still was enough to worry. I'm praying for the best. Thats all I really can do

DesireyM |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

Just had second trimester u/s today and the doctor found an echogenic focus in our baby's heart. He did say that since we had no other indications of Down Syndrome (no DS in the family and nothing found in previous screenings), the risk of having an amnio was greater than our risk of having Down Syndrome. Had a good cry in the car afterwards just from pent-up anxiousness at any u/s, but the husband was very sweet and reassuring and reminded me that our odds were still very good and we should just continue praying for the best. Our prayers to everyone with the same worries for peace of mind and a good dose of faith and hope :-)

saintmims126 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

I am having the same issue! At 19 weeks I was told there was a bright spot on my baby's left ventricle. They said all other measurements and all came back normal. They sent me to get a level II. At the level II the doctor talked to me about what the bright spot meant and that I should have an echo done to see if the baby is going to have a heart defect. Still no other markers were mentioned. So I am guessing that still this is the only marker and they are checking. This doctor seemed to really push for the amnio and said that 80 percent of women abort the baby. I felt like they kept pressuring me to have it. I opted out of it, if my baby is already at risk, I do not want to further the risk. However, I cry all the time and I am very stressed out. How many have had this issue and the baby was born without heart issues or DS?

emoore82 |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

When I was pregnant, we found out the same thing at 20 weeks. They assured us it was a very soft marker and did not suggest any follow-up ultrasounds or visits. Our baby (well, 2 year old now!) does not have DS.

MrsV092207 |

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I too was given a 20wk U/S on Monday 1/16/12. They said that my son has a salt deposit on his heart which I am guessing is a white spot. I was told that it is something that is also found in normal babies but that it is a soft marker for DS. I was scared, but after reading so many posts and talking to other moms who have had similar stories I feel a bit more at ease but still have it on the back of my mind. All of my other tests came back normal so I am hoping and PRAYING that this is all just a false alarm.

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watson012 |

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my baby girl on her 20 week ultrasound had echo foci a calcium deposit in the heart and had dialated kidneys i forget the term and her head was measuring small.... i stressed throughout my whole pregnancy and my little girl was born at 39 weeks 7 pounds 5 ounces and is a happy healthy baby without any complications and healthy as can be i was one of those pregnant mommies who stayed up reading all kinds of blogs i wish i woudl have relaxed and enjoyed every moment of my pregnancy without any worry

jaymi07 |

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Please don't worry about this. I had the same thing with everything else including quad screen be normal. All the doctors said not to worry. I worried the entire time! I searched the internet and would cry. Three weeks ago i had a healthy boy with no ds. I really regret worrying. I wish I would have enjoyed the pregnancy more.

jhrvatin |

Q&A: Spot on baby's heart?

We received the same results from a Level 2 DS screening ultrasound at 12 weeks yesterday. We were relieved that it is only a "soft marker" for DS and that there were no other markers present at the time. I did the finger stick blood test, but I'm glad that science has advanced enough that they can also do a blood draw that will tell you a yes or no with 99%-100% accuracy. They do this by isolating the free fetal DNA that is present in the mom's bloodstream. The bad part is that it is expensive ($1900 without insurance) about $235 with insurance, but considering that I'm 36 and at a higher risk, having something less invasive than a Amnio or CVS and with such defenitive results is worth it.

Lantanarunner |

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Just got results from my 2nd Tri U/S and my doctor said the baby had an echogenic focus in his heart which can indicate DS, but since everything else was normal she said she wouldn't recommend amnio unless my blood test results come back abnormal also. Even though my doctor didn't seem concerned, I have been really stressed out about it. It is is very comforting to read about other women who have had the same results but a normal healthy baby.

rachel21086 |

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Omg! i just got a call today about this and i got worried! The doct emailed me and said, "The only further evaluation of the intracardiac echogenic focus would be an amniocentesis. If you want to proceed with that I will make arrangements".. what did you all do? Any information would help too! this is my first time being pregnant!

itscheeseball |

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I just came back from my 19 wk OB appointment and found out the same thing about my baby girl's heart My doctor also called is a soft maker. However, my initial DS screening has already come back negative, so this, in addition to my age (29), my doctor said means it is most likely nothing. She did not seem concerned at all, and said she believes my baby will be fine. She said she hates even bringing it up to patients because it only causes them to worry unnecessarily, but she is obligated to reveal it. She also said she has this same conversation with her patients roughly once a week, and only once in her career has it actually amounted to a DS baby. She offered me a more in-depth US and blood work if I want further positive confirmation that the baby is fine. I opted to do it, and will hopefully go in next week for those tests. Although I did feel like I might pass out when I left the office and had to take some deep breaths before I drove home, overall, I feel very positive about it. I'll try to post an update once I get back my further results :)

mkirchner6156 |

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We also got the news about the bright spot at my last ultrasound. My doctor said the ultrasounds are so sensitive now that they pick this up and he feels that it is alarming to tell a patient they have this. But he said they legally have to tell you about it but if you have no other markers and baby is on target for due date that it causes a lot of unnecessary anxiety (as it did for me, I freaked out right then and there). Though my tests and baby growth is low risk and on target, I chose to do the MaterniT21 just to give myself some peace of mind. Its hard not to let the mind reel and imagine all of the bad things. It's just that one phrase, "soft marker for Downs" that gets us all crazy, I cried and couldn't sleep for days. My MaterniT21 comes back next week but my OB has been very reassuring that with no other markers, its just one of those things and that usually by the end of third trimester the calcium spot has dissolved. But hearing from both of my doctors and reading a million things online, it is nothing to worry about if there are no other markers.

trixiekid1 |

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Hi there, I am pregnant with twins and just had the same issue at my 18 week app. an anomaly in one of the child's heart chambers...doctor gave me a lengthy speech on DS that was more than concerning as all you can relate. Hoping it has been enough time and I can hear from you - anyone actually have a baby with DS with this particular issue?

nicoleee1231 |

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My husband and I just got the same news this morning. The doctor found one white spot on the baby's heart. He told us not to worry but also mentioned that the white spot could mean DS. All of my other tests came out very normal and I am less than 35 years of age (28). He did mention a blood test that is non-invasive that has a 99.9% accuracy rate. I am considering having the blood test. He also mentioned amniocentesis, but said the risk of the test being harmful is much higher than the risk of our baby having DS. Even though he was just mentioning this as a precautionary measure and to keep us informed of everything he saw, I still walked around like a numb zombie for most of the day. I am starting to feel better now after reading so many stories of others seeing this white spot on the US and having normal, healthy babies.

PamelaA |

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What a relief to see all these experiences from these families. I, too, was scared and "numb" all morning after my ultrasound (I completely misunderstood their statistics which made it worse). Come what may, but I no longer feel a sense of .....sadness.

KatieKaffeine |

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Hi. I got my non invasive blood test done at 12 weeks of pregnancy. The results came back negative for the trisomies 21, 18, 13. I then went for an ultrasound at week 20. The images were sent to the doctor and the geneticist and then a few days later, I get a call from the geneticist saying that there were two markers for down syndrome. A tickened nuchal fold (which she had gotten different reading ranging form 5.5 mm to 7.1 mm) and that the babies heart had two white spots n the lower left ventricle. I was super scared and cried for almost four days. However, she said, that the cardiologist had reviewed the images and that the white spots on the heart were nothing to worry about. That it was calcium build up and it was going to go away. She scheduled me for a second ultrasound a week after to check the nuchal fold. This time the perinatologist reviewed the images and said that the nuchal fold was thicker. I was even more scared. She wanted to do the amnio but I declined because of the risk of miscarriage. I am a very scared! has any one been told the same thing? I am 35 yrs old. Hispanic. With NO family history of DS or any heart problems. This is my first pregnancy and I am very scared. My husband is super supportive and I pray to God that my baby is healthy. If you have been told the same or have gone through the same experience please let me know what the outcome was. Thank you!

wendy4880 |