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Echogenic Intracardiac Focus - anyone dealt with this?

Posted by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 1:07 PM
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I am brand new to CafeMom as well as the name is Bethany, I have a 19 month old daughter named Charlotte, and I own my own Work at Home Business that enables me to stay home with my kids!
My husband and Iwere told on Friday at our 20 weeks sonogram that our baby has two Echogenic Intracardia Foci.  Has anyone had any experiences with this?  Should I be as worried as I am, or not?
Thanks for any help you can give.
Buffalo, NY
by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 1:07 PM
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by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 1:10 PM
I had to google this to know what it is. I havent had to deal with it, nor do I know anyone who has. But I wanted to say Im sorry that you have to. And welcome to CafeMom, it is great to help with all of our pregnancy things.







by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 1:11 PM

This is the info I found on the subject...was your doctor concerned??


Echogenic intracardiac focus (EIF) is defined as a small bright spot in the papillary muscle of the heart.  EIFs are found in approximately 3-5% of pregnancies and are usually benign.  They are more commonly found in the left cardiac ventricle than in the right ventricle.  EIFs have been associated with fetal chromosome abnormalities, particularly Down syndrome .  In the case of an isolated EIF of the left ventricle, the risk for a chromosome abnormality is approximately twice the patient's age-related risk.  This risk increases with the addition of other ultrasound markers and other risk factors, such as advanced maternal age or an abnormal serum screening test.  The risk for a chromosome abnormality when the EIF is in the right ventricle of the heart or if multiple EIFs are seen is four times your age-related risk.  EIFs have not been found to affect cardiac function, and in the absence of other anomalies and chromosome abnormalities, EIFs are considered normal variants. 

Chromosomes are the inherited structures in the cells of our bodies.  There are 46 chromosomes in each cell, arranged into 23 pairs.  Chromosome abnormalities involving a missing or extra chromosome are not inherited or caused by an exposure during pregnancy.  Instead, they result from a chance mistake in cell division at the time of conception.  This error is a random event that can occur in anyone’s pregnancy, but it does occur more often as we age.

Individuals with Down syndrome have an extra #21 chromosome, thus three rather than two copies of chromosome 21.  It is this extra genetic material that causes the features of Down syndrome, including mental retardation, a characteristic facial appearance, and other health problems.

When an EIF is identified on ultrasound, there is the option for additional testing.  Detailed ultrasound, to look for additional complications and/or birth defects, may be recommended depending upon the amount of detail that was obtained on previous ultrasounds.  Amniocentesis to test for chromosome abnormalities in the baby, is also an option.

It is important to remember that EIFs are usually normal variants that would have no negative effect on the baby.

by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 1:20 PM
i just want to let you know I'm from Buffalo also!!!!
by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 1:23 PM
Why didn't u question the dr about what exactly it is?  I would have pounded him for lots of info!


by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 1:23 PM
I've done the research, but wanted personal stories about outcomes from other Moms.  My doctor meets with me Friday, but the sonogram specialist (who is a doctor) says she sees 100 people a week and 5-6 with this out of the 100, but didn't give me outcome stats.
by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 1:24 PM
I know what it is, I am looking for Mom's who have dealt with it.  She gave me info about it and answered our questions.
by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 1:25 PM
I am in Cheektowaga....where in Buffalo are you?
by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 3:49 PM
i am from sloan.
i live in new york city now, but all my family and friends are in sloan, cheektavegas and willimsville
by on Jan. 7, 2008 at 5:57 PM
my baby has this same thing... im 36 weeks and have had 3 Ultrasounds my baby is fine... the spot is still there but she is normal she is developmentally right on time... my doctors and the specialist i saw arent worried at all because they said that as long as she grows like she is supposed to that it isnt a reason to make myself upset because they are becoming more an more common in pregnancies... atleast at my doctors office they are... lol... anyways i can answer questions on this subject cause i bugged the crap out of my doctor and a neonatal heart specialist so just message me.....

Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker

by on Jan. 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM
I know I'm a little late replying to this but I tried posting a question about this and didn't get any replys.  I thought I'd search for it and this popped up.  I was also told at our 20 week sono that my baby had one too.  I have read all I can find and it basically says that if that is the ONLY abnormailty they find that chances are pretty good that the baby will be 100% normal.  Here is the link to an article I found very reassuring.  Hope it helps you too.

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