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2 vessel cord and echogenic heart. Updated

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December 7th, 2011, 05:38 PM
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Im in the May DDC Due May 7th with my first a little boy.

Today the doctor called and said I have a 2 vessel cord and an echogenic intercardic focus.

my NT came back very low for downs.

Anyone else dealt with these 2 issues I've heard people say it was nothing but I know it can be a sign of chromosome problems too.

we have an appointment monday morning at 9 with a geneticist.

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December 8th, 2011, 09:59 AM
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I don't have any experience with either thing, but just wanted to send positive thoughts!
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December 9th, 2011, 12:56 PM
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I was just passing over the boards and this caught my attention.... I have a 13 month old son and went through this with him. At my 20 wk scan I was told I had a 2 vessel cord and that he had echogenic bowels. My fluid was also low and he was measuring small. I was sent to a perinatologist for genetic counseling and for a level 2 u/s. There, they confirmed what my DR saw on the u/s. We discussed doing an amnio and I opted to do it because we live in a rural area and IF I were going to have a special needs child or high risk delivery they are not equipped to handle it. I had the amnio that day. I was then monitored weekly by the peri. On my third visit to them they 'found' the 3rd vessel. The echogenic spots on the bowels were gone but my fluid was still low and he was still measuring small. My AFP and another blood test my ob did showed up positive for downs and neural tube defects as well as trisomy.

BUT.... my amnio came back showing him to have none of those things. I was monitored closely due to his growth issues and I was induced at 36.5 weeks. I ended up having a placental abruption and having an emergency c-section. DEsPITE all this, he is perfectly healthy. The OB and my pediatrician were amazed. Hang in there... I know the unknown is absolutely terrifying. Obviously, every pregnancy is different but I hope my experience gives you hope.... Good luck!

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