Choroid Plexus Cysts

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 20 weeks pregnant. on my 20-week scan they noted bilateral choroid plexus cysts on the baby's brain. Otherwise the baby is healthy. they told me not to worry and didn't take any further action. however, I want to meet up again for them to discuss it with me since I am an emotional wreck since they told us.

Can you reassure me that I don't have to worry too much?

I am 25 and this is my first baby.

ANSWER

In most cases, these cysts are considered a variation of normal, since they do not affect the baby in any way we can measure. They seem to be benign and don't bother anything. Personally, I am inclined not to even tell parents about them, as some parents can't stop worrying about them. It sounds like your baby has the benign variation, which is the majority, so not to worry!

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.