(Closed) nuchal scan not so good :(

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1178 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I don’t see pictures. But these scans are known for false positives. I would try not to worry.

Post # 5
1178 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Oops, I see the pictures Now sorry

Post # 6
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Chanel87:  I know it’s hard not to worry, but try not to. I’ve read lots of women getting higher measurements than yours and their babies not having Down Syndrome. It’s just a soft marker. Getting the blood work should give you a better understanding. 

Post # 7
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Those scans are notorious for misleading results, which is why I opted not to have one. I hope that your blood work comes back clear!!

Post # 8
228 posts
Helper bee

From what I was told by my perinatologist, the scan measurement itself doesn’t mean squat without pairing it up with the blood test.  Please try not to worry. 

Post # 9
9677 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Those scans can have false positives, so try not to worry until you get better (more accurate) results. 

Post # 11
623 posts
Busy bee

I’m so sorry you’re going through this! I was told at my 20 week US that my baby had echogenic bowel, which is a soft marker for DS and could also be a sign of cystic fibrosis. (I had not done a nuchal scan at 12 weeks.) I got the Harmony test done, which sounds like the one you got drawn; they look at fetal DNA in the mother’s bloodstream. It took 10 business days to get the results, which was two weeks in real time. Needless to say I was pretty miserable those two weeks. I am very blessed that my results for DS were very low (they can’t say “negative” because the test gives you a likelihood proportion) and negative for CF, and at a 24 week repeat US the echogenic bowel was gone.

The best advice I can give to you is just to try to remind yourself that there is nothing you can do to change this, and there is nothing you did that caused it. It is entirely out of your hands. If you are a religious person, ask for prayer support. (Personally that made me a feel a lot better.) Try not to get sucked down the google rabbit hole. I know it is pretty much impossible to not want to read everything about every case somewhat like yours, but after you read it, does it make you feel better? For me, I always just felt more anxious and sad.

Finally, ultrasounds are not diagnostic, and there can be a lot of varience in the readings. Right now all you know is that your baby may have a marker that is associated with a higher incidence of DS. The genetic test will tell you a lot more. I know it’ll feel like an eternity, but you will get your test results back, you will get through the wait, and you will be able to handle the outcome. Lean on your husband, family and friends for support. Good luck! Please post an update.

Post # 12
1231 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

1) Can you go back and see the genetic counsellor? Or call? It sucks to leave the doctor’s office confused, and it’s definitely hard to concentrate when you’re distraught.

2) The NT means little by itself.  You have to factor in the Crown to Rump length, maternal age, and your own blood test results.  If the doctor was brusque and unconcerned and said “I wouldn’t worry”…then it’s probably a good sign?  I really hope the doctor would have been kinder and the genetic counsellor more clear if there was something to really worry about.    

Post # 14
3240 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I would guess that there is a slight chance of down’s and they don’t want to miss it… But that it is slight.

To put it in perspective, I ended up getting emergency health care in a third world country that involved a hypodermic needle. When I got back, I got a series of blood tests to make sure I didn’t get hep B or HIV. The chances were about zilch that they had reused a needle that was dirty with HIV blood, and even if they had – you have about a 2% chance of contracting HIV in that situation. I still did the test to be sure and have peace of mind, even though I had such a low chance of contracting that disease. I think your case is similar – above zero, but so small that it’s completely not likely.

the doctor probably didn’t realize that her manner came off that way, because the risk is so low… Even though it is high enough to trigger their “order a blood test” protocol.

Post # 15
116 posts
Blushing bee

Chanel87:  Most prenatal screening programs also take the results of two pieces of blood work into account – HCG and PAPPA. If these levels were normal, most places will give a very reasonable risk for a NT measurement of 2.8. Did you get those done? Did they include that in your risk assessment. Until you get an actual risk assessment, please don’t stress too much for that NT number. 

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