2nd Trimester

NT scan results--help please

My ob just called with my results and said baby has 1 in 15 chance of having Downs. We are meeting with a genetic counselor on Monday. I wondered if any of you had results like that and went on to find out (via amnio or level 2 us) that baby was okay? Freaking out and would like to hear your stories
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Re: NT scan results--help please

  • Sorry you have to go through this. I did not but my best friend's sister was told it was a 1 in 5 chance. She had the secondary testing and was told the baby did not have Downs. Their little girl is now 3 and certainly doesn't have Downs. Good luck! My thoughts are with you!
  • Personally, no. BUT, I do know of 2 people that had to go on for amnios and all was fine! There are a lot of false positives with the NT scan. GL!
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  • Also, how old are you? and did you also have the blood analysis as part of the testing. The scan is only 1/2 of the test.
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    Personally, no. BUT, I do know of 2 people that had to go on for amnios and all was fine! There are a lot of false positives with the NT scan. GL!

     

    This is why I debated for weeks on even getting it done.  When I finally made the decision it was too late.  I went this wed and the baby measured 14 wks exactly so they didn't complete the testing.   

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  • I need to type out my story and save it because this happens all of the time and I feel like my LO has been the king of testing so far. 

     My NT scan came back high, a 3.5mm nuchal fold.  The dr. said not even to bother doing blood work because it would just scare me even more so after an hour sitting with a genetics counselor we agreed to just go ahead and do the CVS that very day.  The CVS was nothing, just like a pap (they went through my cervix).  The hard part was waiting.  We requested the FISH results so had them back in a few days and preliminary results said all chromosomes are great, then they double confirmed after the final results within a week.  Dr. then said because chromosomes are healthy and good, it COULD be a sign of a heart defect.  So I went to children's hospital in DC and saw a fetal echo specialist at 14 weeks.  She said she saw all 4 chambers and 2 arteries, but to come back at 19-20 weeks for a final fetal echo.  I had my anatomy scan yesterday and everything looks good, all organs and the heart.  I go for my final fetal echo on monday, but I'm pretty positive that everything is fine.  It's just a stat they are giving you, so 14 out of 15 babies are just fine, I wouldn't worry just yet.  GL TO YOU!!!

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  • This is why I didn't do these stupid tests! My doc told me most of them are false positives and do nothing but cause you stress. Amnio's have their own risks...why not just wait and see? If the child has Down's, then that's just the way it is, right? No reason to put yourself in danger of a miscarriage with an amniocentesis...
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    This is why I didn't do these stupid tests! My doc told me most of them are false positives and do nothing but cause you stress. Amnio's have their own risks...why not just wait and see? If the child has Down's, then that's just the way it is, right? No reason to put yourself in danger of a miscarriage with an amniocentesis...

    Amnio's and CVS do have a very SMALL risk of miscarriage and some people do them (like myself) because we want to prepare. 

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  • image sublime_savvy:
    This is why I didn't do these stupid tests! My doc told me most of them are false positives and do nothing but cause you stress. Amnio's have their own risks...why not just wait and see? If the child has Down's, then that's just the way it is, right? No reason to put yourself in danger of a miscarriage with an amniocentesis...

    Amnio's and CVS do have a very SMALL risk of miscarriage and some people do them (like myself) because we want to prepare. 

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  • I'm 31 and the ultrasound showed that he was in the "high range of normal" for the Nuchal fold. he called today with the blood test results and that's where they gave the 1 in 15 chance.

    FI and I didn't want to get the testing either--had it been an optional test, we would not have done it. But my OB office makes it their standard practice so we had no choice

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    I'm 31 and the ultrasound showed that he was in the "high range of normal" for the Nuchal fold. he called today with the blood test results and that's where they gave the 1 in 15 chance.

    FI and I didn't want to get the testing either--had it been an optional test, we would not have done it. But my OB office makes it their standard practice so we had no choice

    I was on the high range of normal too at a 3.5mm.  Chances are, everything is fine.  Everyone that I have spoken to about a high nuchal fold has not had a problem with their LO.

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  • Did your blood test results come back normal?

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  • The dr. told me to not even bother doing the blood test because with the high nuchal fold, once you do blood, the numbers get worse and he said there was no point in scaring me further, so we went right to the CVS test.
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  • So I went for my NT scan, at the time didn't know that it was optional, had a measurement of 3.3 mm and they said we had 1 90% chance of having a healthy baby (1 in 10 vs 1 in 15) at the time of the scan.  We did the blood work that day and received the results in about a week - our odds changed to 1 in 52.  We didn't opt for the CVS or subsequently the amnio, we have gone for several anatomy u/s (early anatomy, big (20wk), one subsequent (24 wks) and have another scheduled for 28wk as well as the a cardio echogram of the heart.  They identified several markers (bright spot on heart and bladder, fluid by the kidneys) that could be downs, but are also in "normal" healthy pregnancies.  We did the quad blood testing at 17 weeks sure we would have a chance of 1 in 5 because of the identification of the markers, but were pleasantly surprised to see our chances changed to 1 in 817.  Right now there are no definative results, things appear and don't appear to be getting worse, but the downside of not having the amnio is not having the results... many many babies end up perfectly healthy I have found out when I was back in your position.  We just didn't want to risk any harm to our LO, and it wouldn't change our decision.  good luck
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  • Thank you to everyone who responded. You have helped calm me down some. I know that no matter what, this is my baby and I love LO regardless. I am just going to trust God and pray all is well. Thank you again
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  • We too had a very thick Nuchal Fold (4.0mm).  We were given a 1:30 chance of DS, 1:100 for Tri 18.  I totally understand how terrifying it is!

    We met with a genetic counselor and after discussing everything wit her, we decided to go through with the CVS (similar to an amnio, but done earlier in preg.).  The CVS wasn't fun, but it only lasted a couple of minutes.  If you do have the amnio, plan on taking the rest of the day and the next day off to rest and recover.  You'll probably be sore.

    We got the FISH results(call and make sure your insurance covers these), so the very next day our genetic counselor called to tell us that our baby was perfectly healthy, no genetic abnormalities at all!  We were so relieved!!

    And, yes there is a risk of miscarriage with an amnio or CVS, but it is very low.  We made the decision to move forward with it because our risk of DS was far greater than the risk of miscarriage and we felt the need to be as prepared as possible for a special needs baby.  Please do whatever you feel comfortable!  You and your DH are the only ones who can decide what is right for you.

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