Has anyone out there heard of this birth defect? Better yet, has anyone experienced it in their own pregnancy or know someone who has?
Briefly, it's a pretty common birth defect that effects (about) 1 in every 2500 babies. Around 7-8 weeks gestation the diaphragm develops but in this case it doesn't develop correctly leaving a hole that varies in size. Organs from the abdominal cavity move to the chest cavity. This means that the heart and lungs have to share growing room with the stomach, intestines, etc. The worst part of the defect is the compression the lungs face. About 20% of the babies born with CDH also face having a congenital heart defect. The cause of CDH is unknown.
That said, at about 29 weeks we found out our son will be born with CDH. It's on his left side (the most common), the stomach and intestines are crowding his heart and lungs. When we had our level I ultrasound, the tech couldn't get a clear picture of his heart. I didn't think TOO much about it since it sounds like this might be a pretty common thing..? At our level II sonogram another tech had the same exact excuse. She couldn't get a clear picture of his heart. (His heart rate varies between 120-160 every Dr. visit) Now they are sending us to see a cardiologist to take a closer look. Has this happened to anyone and it turned out to be nothing? I would love to hear feedback on either issue from ANYone who has gone through a similar situation or know someone who has!
Answer by laura672 at 9:37 PM on May. 8, 2011
I've heard of the condition but haven't experienced it myself. However, ten years ago when I had my twins they had a very hard time getting a good picture because my son had an abdominal wall defect, along with some other problems. The doctors diagnosed both babies with a left ventricle heart defect. I had to have additional tests and a fetal echocardiogram that ruled out the heart condition and they were fine.
Ultrasound can be very difficult when there are problems because for the picture to show up you need space, either air or fluid, to distinguish between separate structures. Ultrasound has changed a lot from when I had the twins but that was our experience. Good Luck to you and your DS. I know DH and I went through a lot during my pregnancy, but 11 years later they are doing great.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:20 PM on Mar. 5, 2011
Answer by asil at 12:51 AM on Mar. 6, 2011
Answer by dldelight at 12:47 PM on Mar. 8, 2011