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"soft marker" for down's Syndrome

Posted by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:07 PM
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My midwife got my 18 week ultrasound results back.  Apparently they saw a small bright spot in the left ventricle of the heart (echogenic focus).   They said it was most likely nothing to worry about but is a "soft marker"  for Down's Syndrome.  Does anyone else have experience with this?  My midwife said not to worry...but it's hard not to. 

by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:07 PM
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NDADanceMom
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM
They should give you a number like 1/4 chance to 1/5000 chance.
coffeemom37043
by Bronze Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I had the SAME thing happen to me. I got freaked out and cried for days until we went and saw a specialist. It turned out to be nothing. He said the brightness is what will classify it as an echogenic focus and hers was not bright enough to be considered one so he said it was most likely a calcium buildup. I just had to have another ultrasound at 33 weeks and the spot is now gone. As long as they don't find any other indicators then you're okay =] Try not to freak out

Devious103102
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Good thoughts girl!

MMerrill
by Melissa on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

My son had it and it was just calcification, it usually means nothing unless there are other indications of DS.

jellybeanjean
by Bronze Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

I had 2 soft markers for my DD. Ended up getting an amniocentisis. Turns out she was 100% fine. I woulnd't freak out about it!

peanuteb
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM

 I had a soft marker of the small nasal bone, at 20 weeks.  Went back and had another sonogram 2 weeks later with a genetic counselor.  She said everything was fine. My baby is now 1 week old and she is perfect.  I read that there are many soft markers and if you only have one it usually means nothing.

Jenn820
by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM
Don't freak yet, soft markers are not uncommon. At my US there were some signs so I'm scheduled for another one (one is cysts on the spine, normally these go away on their own, but when combined with other things, which there were, it may indicate more.) with a perinatologist next week. I also had a test (new in the last couple years) done. It's only a blood test but can give you good results (if I'm remembering what my doctor told me, 99% accuracy for downs and over 90% for trisomy 13 & 18.) WITHOUT having to do an amnio.
It's called a Sequenom CMM test. It is a blood test but the pull out the baby DNA that is floating around in your blood stream to look at the chromosomal count.
It was a GREAT reassurance to me when everything came back normal. Some hate the idea of these tests because they "won't don't anything anyway"...but I want to be prepared. I, personally, would never considering ending the pregnancy but there is a lot that goes into being mentally prepared as well as prepared for delivery day (trisomy 13 & 18 can cause a lot of problems with the baby). That is just my opinion.
Rachelz123
by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM
My sister in law had the same thing with my niece plus they said her nuchal fold looked thick. They sent her to a specialist and had an in depth ultrasound and she was perfectly fine. I wouldn't worry too much.
Mommabearbergh
by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 9:40 AM
With dd one they said that but it led to asking me if I wanted a amnio test which I came to find that the same thing with a lot of moms. So I brushed it off and waited till my next ultrasound
FarmGirl2B
by Silver Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM
My baby still had the bright spot at 32 weeks, and the blood test for the trisomies came back negative. He is 13 weeks old now and perfect.
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