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October 1st, 2008, 04:32 PM
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Hi! My name is Lee and I have 4 beautiful kids ages 10-16months. I am 13 weeks pregnant with baby #5.

On Monday we went for our NT ultrasound since I am 40. I am supposed to be 13 weeks but the tech was surprised to see that I was measuring almost 1.5 weeks ahead. Anyway, everything seemed to look good with the baby until the dr. came in and started asking questions.

He told us that our baby has a very significant cystic hygroma that extends from its neck to its lower back and that it was a definite marker for a chromosomal abnormality. He wanted to do an amnio on the spot and after weighing the pro and cons we agreed. They told us that there was a 50% chance that the baby had a chromosomal defect. Of that 50%, 50% liklihood was Turners Syndrome and the other 50% was Downs, or a Trisomy 13/18. We decided to pay for a FSH test in addition to the full profile which takes up to 2 weeks.

Today the genetic specialist called us and told us that chromosomally, the baby is okay and there were no defects in the 5 major screening areas. He said there is a slim possiblity that the full scale test will show some other chromosomal disorder but he seemed to think that was pretty slim.

So...that leaves us with the issue of the hygroma. We are meeting with the high risk OB and genetic counselor on Friday to discuss where we're at now that we know there are no major chromosomal disorders. I've been reading night and day about hygromas and my head is spinning. I know the OB will be doing another US in a couple of weeks because at that point the baby's organs will be better formed and they'll be able to see if there are any other indicators we need to worry about because hygromas are sometimes associated with heart malformations and other structural deformities.

But...the hygroma itself is the main concern. As far as I understand, if the hygroma grows, it can put pressure on the baby, esp. the jugular and kill it in utero. The other issue is the risk of developing fetal hydrops where the baby develops excess fluid. In that case, a hydrops is typically fatal and they suggest termination before the baby dies in utero. In some cases the hydrops drains and there aren't many if any lasting effects on the baby, but those instances seem rarer - and my concern is that because our baby's is so large that might not be a possibility.

I don't know if these are all the facts but it's what I've been able to gather from reading online. Certainly we'll have more information after Friday. But, I'm terrified that even though we leapt over the chromosomal hurdle we have even worse ahead of us. I cannot even imagine having to make a decision about termination or know that there is a chance that the baby will die in utero.

I've never had any pregnancy problems aside from 2 miscarriages so this is really hitting hard. I just had a baby 16 months ago and he's perfect.

If anyone knows or has experience with any of this I'd love to hear your story. Otherwise, it looks like we'll be having a high risk pregnancy from here on out.

Thanks for reading.

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October 1st, 2008, 04:48 PM
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Welcome to the high risk board. I have a daughter named Eliza also. Not a common name.

I am not familiar with that type of defect. I have been reading too and well its not comforting is it.

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October 2nd, 2008, 05:16 AM
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Welcome and I hope your next appt brings better news
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October 2nd, 2008, 02:21 PM
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October 2nd, 2008, 03:07 PM
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I don't know anything at all about your baby's condition, but I just wanted to welcome you and tell you that my heart goes out to you. I can't imagine how scared you must be. Just try to take it one day at a time and deal with each piece of information as it's given to you. Please keep us updated, my T&Ps are with you!
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October 6th, 2008, 07:43 AM
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I don't know anything about your baby's condition, but I do know what it's like to face a medical termination, which I did have to do. I will pray that you get good news from your doctor!

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October 7th, 2008, 12:11 PM
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Welcome to the High Risk board! I don't know anything about the issues that you are dealing with, I just wanted to give you and let you know that you and your little one will be in my thoughts. I hope your next doctor's appointment will give you some better news than the scary stuff that you have read on-online!
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