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December 8th, 2006, 11:22 AM
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Hi. I am 33 years old and 20 weeks pregnant and due in April. All of my screenings have come back normal from my bloodwork and from the Down's Syndrome screening. I went for my ultrasound this Tuesday and the doctor told me that he saw a small spot on the baby's heart but he sees these often and he isnt too concerned about it right now. Everything else looked fine. The baby was a little small but he said that is normal for me since my other 2 daughters were both under 7 pounds when I delivered. Has anyone else had their doctor tell them about a "spot" on the heart? I am just so worried, even though he says not to be. Thanks.

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December 13th, 2006, 07:13 AM
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I had to go for a level 11 ultrasound after my bloodwork came back abnormal for down syndrome. When we had the ultrasounf they could not find any of the "major" markers for down's but they did find the spot on the heart. He did assure me that there are normal babies that have the spot sometimes but because my blood work came back abnormal he could not tell me for sure that my baby doesn't have down's.

I am sure if your Dr said it was fine and it sounds like mine has pretty much said the same as yours, that your little one is just fine and dandy.

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December 28th, 2006, 03:53 PM
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My situation is a little bit different, but I just wanted to reply to your message... I had been having a difficult pregnancy from the beginning (bleeding, lots of blood in the uterus, now it's placenta previa with a slight abruption, etc), but nothing could prepare me for what we heard at our 18 week sonogram. They had found some assymetry in our little baby girl's brain, and they wanted to send me to a specialist. They said one side seemed to be bigger than the other, and didn't know if this was an error or something to be concerned about. The specialist saw some slight difference in a part of the brain called the coriplexus, but said it's only slight and only in some images. She said it's nothing to be worried about at all. They do not plan on following up with it, because they don't see it as a problem. I tend to be a worrier anyways, and my children always come first. I plan on having them take a look again (since they have to do more sono's to check on the placenta). I hope that everything turns out ok with your little baby! Keep me updated on what they find/don't find, or if you need to vent about their lack of concern, etc.
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December 28th, 2006, 05:40 PM
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I also had to go for an additional ultrasound to check about a bright spot on the heart. I was so worried, but the doctor really explained things well. He said that many years ago (like 20+), the bright spot had been put on a list of signs to watch for with Downs, except the study was flawed in that every Downs kid they checked had had a bright spot and so they made their conclusion from that, but what they didn't check was non Downs children-who also have bright spots...SO...it really isn't a sign of it...but because of lawsuit craziness today OBs tend to have people checked just to be sure...they will check for other signs. Forehead size, length of limbs, etc. Before I was checked I had never heard of it, but sincde then I've known a few others who had the same thing checked. There is a movement of doctors who are attempting to get this "sign" removed from the watch list. I hope this eases your worries a bit!
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December 29th, 2006, 07:57 AM
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My baby had the spot and he turned out fine.. my bloodwork was normal..i had placenta previa and had a level 4 ultrasound done and that spot was the only marker.. but like i said he is fine and im sure your baby will be also...

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January 10th, 2007, 09:54 PM
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My ultrasound showed a spot on my babies heart too. The doctor told me it wasn't a concern and that they see it a lot.
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