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Echogenic Intracardiac Focus - anyone else?

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December 19th, 2012, 04:16 PM
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Anyone else ever been through this? Would love some reassurance right now...

Had my anatomy scan yesterday and was told the baby is totally healthy but that he could see a very small while calcium deposit on the baby's heart. My dr says he hates to even mention it because it causes panic for no reason, but he's legally obligated to mention it because it's a "soft marker" for Down Syndrome. It's called an Echogenic Intracardiac Focus (EIF).

Echogenic intracardiac focus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Before having the scan, my chance of DS was 1 in 39,000, but now it's 1 in 13,000. Still, he told me this should be no cause for worry and is seen often in ultrasounds. He also advised me against an amnio, which of course I would've done if he'd thought it necessary.

Anyway, we're trying very hard not to think too much about it, but, as a parent, how can you be told you have a "soft marker" for DS and not freak out? I've read a lot of posts since then from many other parents who've experienced this and went on to have absolutely "normal" kids, but I still feel worried.

Anybody else going through this right now or have in the past?

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December 19th, 2012, 04:34 PM
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I had this show up on my 16 week scan with DD, but my jackwad doctors didn't tell me about it. They did an extra long u/s at 18 weeks, and everything checked out fine. I didn't even find out about it until I got my medical records from them for this pregnancy. DD is just fine.

I know it's hard not to worry, but the chances are FAR greater it's nothing than something.

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December 19th, 2012, 04:55 PM
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My youngest ds had 4 on his heart. We were sent to a perinatologist just to be safe. He did two scans a month apart. He wasn't too concerned. In most cases, they are undetectable after birth. In ours, they were still pretty noticible so saw a pediatric cardiologist. We have one more visit just to be safe at age two and he will never need to be seen again.

Our ultrasound tech said she sees them a lot and her child had one too. That made me feel a lot better.

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December 19th, 2012, 07:11 PM
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Thanks, Ladies! That really helps. I appreciate it.

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