Abnormal 10 week ultrasound?

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Abnormal 10 week ultrasound?

Hello, I haven't joined this board because I got pregnant very much by surprise with this baby (our 4th) and I had just come to terms with it. Yesterday, I went in for a dating u/s and measured 10w4d. I waited over an hour in the exam room afterwards to see my doctor, but he was called away for two emergencies and I ended up having to leave the office. He called me personally about an hour after that and asked me to come back in two weeks for another u/s as there appears to be a fluid filled space at the back of the baby's neck that measures 3.6mm. I went from being so happy to feeling like I've been punched in the stomach. I'm so worried that something is wrong now. I can't eat and I'm so anxious. I'll be 12w4d for the next u/s to do measurements again. I've been reading that many women get false results and worry for nothing in the end. I can't tell you what this has done to me. I feel devastated at the thought that something could be wrong with our baby. I'd appreciate any words of encouragement.

In the past, I've only had an 8 week and 16 week scan, so I'm not familiar with looking at a 10 week baby. I'm putting up the u/s picture. Honestly, the space that they're talking about looks like the amniotic sac to me and I don't understand how that could be part of the baby's head? It's a very faint line to the right of the head...more like white dots. It looks the same under the baby's feet...more white dots. I can't believe I have to wait 13 more days to get more answers. The wait is terrible and I wish I would have never gotten this u/s. I understand that a true NT test is done by a specially trained technician and I don't think my doctor's u/s tech fits that criteria, but I'm not sure.

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You are before the timeframe where the measurement is accurate and unless your dr's u/s tech does more than 10 nuchals a week, I would say they aren't trained.

Even with a higher than normal measurement, it is only a risk factor. 90% of the higher measurments turn out to be normal. Are they doing the blood test at the same time?

Good luck.

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I agree with the above post. I can't see the photo, and I am not an expert on nuchal scans but I have had 2 of them and have done some research since my first NT scan came back abnormal. Yes, that is a large measurement for a nuchal fold at this point, but I believe the amount of fluid at the back of the baby's neck gets smaller as time goes on, that is why there is a specific time frame in which they need to meaure it, which as danifo said, you are too early to be doing that. I have never heard of an OB doing a nuchal measurement anyway, those are usually done by a perinatologist (maternal-fetal medicine doc). I'm sorry you're having to go through this...I hope you get good results at your next u/s.

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I agree.. its a bit too early to do the NT scan.. usually between 12 weeks and 14 weeks

RonanTheBarbarian's picture
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I'm sorry for all of the worry you're going through, but hopefully it'll be just as the other ladies have said, and everything will be fine!
Also, congrats and welcome!

amiP's picture
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Hoping all will be well! I have no experience with NT scans, so have no suggestions/advice, but i can understand ur anxiety. Try to stay positive and take care of urself meanwhile. happy & healthy vibes ur way~~~~

Joined: 11/08/05
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Thanks for the replies. I'm doing better this week. 9 days to go until the u/s now and I'm trying to be positive.

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Are you having the blood work that goes with it?

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Best of Luck Smile GreaT BIG hug for ya... (HUGS)