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Dark spots on the brain?

Posted by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 4:27 PM
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I had my ultrasound done today and I'm 15 weeks and 4 days pregnant. The lady said everything looked good and the only thing she pointed out were these two dark spots on both sides of the brain. I think she said they might be cysts but she was going to have the doctor check them out.

I'm going to have another ultrasound in 4 weeks b/c she said the gestational age was too early for her to confirm the heart health (nothing's wrong though) but should I worry about this? Did anyone else have these spots mentioned at their ultrasound?

Oh and I found out today I'm having a boy! Yay!

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 4:27 PM
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by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 4:29 PM

With my son he had a cyst but by the next ultrasound it was gone..

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 4:29 PM

my friends baby had dark spots on the ended up just being the machine!

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Sometimes it can be as simple as the machine wasn't focused enough and it made the spots appear.  Also I have heard of babies having cysts on their brains and them going away by or shortly after birth without surgery.  GL

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Ok I'm not looking at a mental handicap right? Not that I couldn't handle it, but we all want happy and healthy children bouncing mom

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 4:40 PM

well i will say i have one on my brain! its pretty big and on the left side. i didn't even know i had it until i had a headache for  few days that wouldn't go away so they did a cat scan and stuff and there it was this big dark gray spot on my brain...not exactly what you want to see!! but the doc said that alot of people have them and are born with them and that it doesn't really affect them that much. i am weather sensitive if the pressure changes..usually right before a big storm then i can tell without looking out of my window because ill get a little headache..also too once i turned about 13 i couldn't swim to the bottom of the deep end of the pool anymore because the pressure hurt.  the biggest thing for me i think was that i had a small temper problem when i was younger that can be associated with it depending on where it is located but since i know why i am mad easily then i have been able to control it because i know that im not really that mad its just some misfiring.  Dont worry about the cysts if they dont go away he will be fine :) you cant even tell anything is different with me other than headaches. the doc said you can get them drained with a shunt that is in there and runs the fluids down the neck and into the stomach but its honestly not that big of a deal and i have a pretty big one so i dont even know if its really that necessary :) if you have any other questions feel free to message me :)

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Just bear in mind ultrasounds can have significant errors and I certianly wouldn't worry. I rememeber watching a show on discovery health and this woman and her husband were told from the first ultrasound, to the last ultrasuond during labor, they should terminate the pregnancy because the ultrasound showed dark spots on the brain. They of course did not knowing the high rate of errors, they did a catscan or something immediatly after birth and nothing showed up. Chances are its nothing. When UT did my sons ultrasound his nose looked like there was a mass on it, as soon as they moved around it was gone.

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 4:56 PM
I wouldn't worry too much. My son has a severly dilated left kidney that has to be removed after he is born, around three months and they saw the same thing at an ultrasound and sent me back to my specialist and he said everything was fine. Most likely it was just the machine.
Devin Rocarek, Proud Mommy of Three
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