Scary perinatology visit today - sorry, long — The Bump
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Scary perinatology visit today - sorry, long

sdlaurasdlaura member
edited October 2013 in August 2012 Moms

I'm not telling my family (other than DH, of course) about this because I don't want them to worry yet...but I'm really worried.  I'm 25 weeks pregnant today and had a perinatology growth scan because I have an abnormal cord insertion (velamentous).  Baby looks fine in terms of growth and is measuring in the 76th percentile.

Now onto the scary part.  A bit of background - at the anatomy scan with our first pregnancy in 2010, the perinatologists detected complex cardiac anomalies.  They made it very clear at the time how serious they were.  We had a series of follow-up visits with cardiac experts, all of whom told us that our baby would not survive long after birth, even with any amount of surgery, and we made the very difficult decision to end the pregnancy at 21 weeks rather than put the baby through any pain after birth.  Since that time, we have had a healthy daughter with no known cardiac issues.  With this pregnancy, the baby's heart looked normal at our anatomy scan at 18 weeks, and also looked normal at our fetal echocardiogram at the children's hospital at 20 weeks.

So at today's appointment, I noticed that the U/S tech was suddenly focusing a lot of attention on the baby's heart, and his demeanor changed a little bit.  Given that I wasn't there to look at the heart, it was strange, so I asked him about it, and he said there was one thing that looked strange - the aortic artery is larger than the pulmonary artery, when it should be the other way around, or the same size.  He brought in the perinatologist, who is a cardiac sonography expert (we know her from our first pregnancy).  She had him test a whole bunch of other heart-related stuff, which all looked normal, but agreed that the aortic artery was larger than the pulmonary artery, and that was abnormal.  She has the pediatric cardiologist who did our fetal echo at the children's hospital on speed dial, so she called her and asked her to get us in ASAP for a follow-up.  She didn't want to provide any info on outcomes until we have more info.

According to Dr. Google, an aortic artery larger than a pulmonary artery is a strong indicator of congenital heart disease.  It seems like it would strange to have this particular abnormality, however, without any other associated abnormalities.  So we are crossing our fingers that it was just a strange view or something. 

It's so strange that without the other reason for having an ultrasound today, I would be blissfully ignorant.  At least if it is an indicator of a problem, we will know in advance and can deliver someplace where they can care for the baby's issues right away.  Ugh, not what I was expecting as a result of today's appointment.  Thanks for reading all of this!

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Re: Scary perinatology visit today - sorry, long

  • Oh no, hon, I am so sorry!  How stressful for you, especially given the loss of your first.  I'm sorry.  :(   Praying it's nothing, or at the very least easily taken care of.  You'll be in my thoughts.

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  • I'm so sorry you are going through this stress. Before having Kate, I couldn't really grasp the magnitude of worry and stress that a child's health brings to the parent. I'm sincerely hoping all turns out well for you and your little baby. 
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  • Ugh, L...I'm so sorry there is a potential concern. I still feel sick every time I think back to my a/s scan with ds when we found out there were major cardiac abnormalities. I also hope that it is just a strange view and that everything will be fine. It is really hard for them to see what is going on in there with everything being so small, and with their doing the ultrasound both through you and through lo. I wish you the best of luck! Keep us posted.
  • I hope that everything turn out alright.  I cannot imagine what you are going through, especially since you have been through something similar a few years ago.  Keep us posted.

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  • I am so sorry. I will be keeping you in my thoughts, and hoping for the best.

  • amaite said:
    Ugh, L...I'm so sorry there is a potential concern. I still feel sick every time I think back to my a/s scan with ds when we found out there were major cardiac abnormalities. I also hope that it is just a strange view and that everything will be fine. It is really hard for them to see what is going on in there with everything being so small, and with their doing the ultrasound both through you and through lo. I wish you the best of luck! Keep us posted.
    Amaite, do you mind me asking what specific defect your DS had?  No problem if you don't want to share....
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    edited October 2013
    L12541 said:


    amaite said:

    Ugh, L...I'm so sorry there is a potential concern. I still feel sick every time I think back to my a/s scan with ds when we found out there were major cardiac abnormalities. I also hope that it is just a strange view and that everything will be fine. It is really hard for them to see what is going on in there with everything being so small, and with their doing the ultrasound both through you and through lo. I wish you the best of luck! Keep us posted.

    Amaite, do you mind me asking what specific defect your DS had?  No problem if you don't want to share....


    Not at all. He ended up having tetralogy of fallot, which we learned of the day after he was born. The three fetal echos had all "confirmed" transposition of the great arteries with pulmonary stenosis and ventricular septal defects. The change in diagnosis when the echo was performed directly on him was a surprise for everyone.

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  • amaite said:
    amaite said:
    Ugh, L...I'm so sorry there is a potential concern. I still feel sick every time I think back to my a/s scan with ds when we found out there were major cardiac abnormalities. I also hope that it is just a strange view and that everything will be fine. It is really hard for them to see what is going on in there with everything being so small, and with their doing the ultrasound both through you and through lo. I wish you the best of luck! Keep us posted.
    Amaite, do you mind me asking what specific defect your DS had?  No problem if you don't want to share....
    Not at all. He ended up having tetralogy of fallot, which we learned of the day after he was born. The three fetal echos had all "confirmed" transposition of the great arteries with pulmonary stenosis and ventricular septal defects. The change in diagnosis when the echo was performed directly on him was a surprise for everyone.

    Thanks.  I've read a lot about ToF.  I hope he's doing well.
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    amaite said:

    L12541 said:


    amaite said:

    Ugh, L...I'm so sorry there is a potential concern. I still feel sick every time I think back to my a/s scan with ds when we found out there were major cardiac abnormalities. I also hope that it is just a strange view and that everything will be fine. It is really hard for them to see what is going on in there with everything being so small, and with their doing the ultrasound both through you and through lo. I wish you the best of luck! Keep us posted.

    Amaite, do you mind me asking what specific defect your DS had?  No problem if you don't want to share....
    Not at all. He ended up having tetralogy of fallot, which we learned of the day after he was born. The three fetal echos had all "confirmed" transposition of the great arteries with pulmonary stenosis and ventricular septal defects. The change in diagnosis when the echo was performed directly on him was a surprise for everyone.



    Thanks.  I've read a lot about ToF.  I hope he's doing well.

    He is, thank you. I hope you will find out at the cardiac appointment that your lo is heart healthy.

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  • I hope that it's just a weird view, but if not my mom has that exact issue.  She has had some heart related issues, but none of them are related to this particular issue.  So it is possible to be fine even with the vein and artery dimensions flipped.

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  • How scary for you! I'll keep you in my thoughts. I can't even imagine how afraid you must be right now. (((hugs))) KUP.
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  • I am sorry! I hope all goes well at your future appts.
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  • So scary. I'm sorry you're dealing with this. Will be thinking good thoughts for you and your family.
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  • Sending thoughts and prayers.

    I can't imagine how stressed you are. You are handling everything so well. Let us know when you can what the specialist says.

    I'm so sorry you're having to go through this.

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  • In our experience, things are not always what they seem on ultrasound. T&Ps that the follow up goes well.
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  • I'm so sorry, L! I hope everything turns out well.
  • Ultrasounds routinely yield false positives that scare the crap out of expectant parents and then everything turns out just fine. T and P that is your situation.
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  • that sounds incredibly stressful! hope you get good news at the follow-up.
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