Googled Results of NT Scan
Scared the crap out of myself!
, Nov 30 2012 11:02 AM
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:02 AM
Had my NT scan this morning and babies Femur length has come back as 9 days behind. I'm really worried as I just googled this and it tells me that is a marker for DS
Damn google... Someone tell me otherwise
or where do I go from here? Wait to hear from doctor?
Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:08 AM
I just looked at the US pic of the femur length and I am not sure the Tech put the markers on the ends of the femur exactly.
Does anyone have any experience with this and can have a look and tell me if they are right or not?
Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:10 AM
Step away from the computer - well Google at least.
The scan is merely a precautionary measure and there are lots of other factors to take into account first.
Wait to hear from your doctor, they will possibly want to meet you to discuss the findings of the scan & the bloods. You will be given a ratio ( odds) of the chances of baby having DS. This is NOT a definite, it's a possibility ratio. For example you may have a 1 in 800 chance of bub having DS.
So once you have the ratio you'll be told what level risk you are at. If you are in a high risk category it's then you need to have a good think about what you & DH want to do regarding further testing.
There are 2 options - a CVS which you can have at 12 weeks or an Amnio later at around 17 weeks ( not 100% on when this avail, doc will tell you)
These are both genetic tests and will test for not just DS but other chromosomal defects.
Don't panic but do have a read about your options and once you have the results then you can make informed decisions.....stop google doctoring, its very early days in your pregnancy & there will be many more times you'll want to google - dont!!
Enjoy your pregnancy
Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:55 PM
I know how easy it is to panic. I was there not that long ago (My son is 3 months old). Try not to panic. I had a similar thing with my son's femur on the 19 week scan and did the exact same thing you did. Ultrasounds are not entirely accurate. It really depends on how the sonongrapher measure the limb. No two sonographers would do the same reading. Try not to stress - wait and see what your results are first. What was the nuchal fold reading?
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:02 PM
Agree - wait for the results and try to put it out of your mind as so many factors come into that ratio you get at the 12 week scan.
We got all perfect on the scan and didnt have another thought until the blood tests came back as not good. There is not much you can do except wait for the doctor. If you end up unsatisfied with the answers you could ask for a repeat scan.
When i was pregnant with DD2 I was told her head was really small - then at the same scan was told that was a mistake and it was fine. I was really stressed and went to GP and got another referral. All was fine on the second scan
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:03 PM
Today I was 12weeks 2Days by 2 early dating scans.
All my results are:
Nuchal Fold x 3 Measurements
There is a scan that has NB on it which I assume is Nasal Bone.
BPD 22.3mm 12w 5d
HC 85.3mm 13w 1d
AC 62.9mm 12w 0d
FL 8.0mm 11w 0d
CRL 71.0mm 13w 2d
If you would like anything else I will see if I can find it:)
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:06 PM
I'm trying not to worry but I guess it is what we all do isn't it
I didn't have a Femur measurement until 20 weeks with DD1 so can't compare.
What I find strange is bubs Crown to Rump length puts it 1 week ahead so obviously long but short legs.
This one has slightly slightly smaller nuchal folds than DD1 did, not that that really means anything.
Blood work came back fine so they told me as I had them last week but as I understand, you don't get the real results until all measurements are put together?
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:16 PM
Is there a probability of Down syndrome on your results?
I had my nt scan this week and at the appointment they did all the calcs based on age, nuchal measurement, blood tests etc. they then gave me the risk /probability of having a down syndrome baby. It was the same process with my first pregnancy.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:22 PM
I don't know yet.
This tech is different from the lady I had who did DD last yr
He asked me if I had bloods done, I thought he would have known that.
Last yr , the tech entered all the results in while I was there but this one nothing, I walked out with pics and measurements on a disc.
Doctors appointment in next Tuesday where we discuss results.
This was booked weeks ago though.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:35 PM
Try not to panic until you have the overall results, one measurement on it's own is unlikely to be an indicator of an abnormality. If your OB is like mine, if there is any cause for concern they will ring you as soon as they have the complete results.
FYI, my DS risk for this baby came back as 1:156. I freaked out, then calmed down when I figured out that acutally gave us a 0.6% chance of there being a problem. I had my amnio last week at 16 weeks and the early tests have come back all normal - no DS
Step away from Dr Google, your doctor is the best person to advise you as to where to from here. Good luck, I'm sure all will be fine!
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:44 PM
Oh for heavens sake, OP, just chill. I mean this kindly, but also as a bit of a slap to knock some sense into you.
Go for a walk to your nearest shops and look at all the different body shapes around you. Tall people with short legs, short people with long legs and short arms, big heads, little heads, long and short fingers, and so on. What makes you think a fetus is any different to the adult it will one day turn into?
Sure, short legs might be a risk factor for DS, but know what it's a bigger risk factor for? An entirely normal person with a long torso and slightly shorter legs. Like a whole stack of people you will likely see.
Eta - DS1 was a fetus with legs measuring two weeks ahead of the rest of him. He turned into a baby who couldn't wear footed wondersuits because he grew out of the legs months before the rest of it. At age 1, he was in 12-18 month pants and 3-6 month tops. He continues to be average sized with crazy long legs, just like me.
DS2 was a fetus with legs measuring a week behind but overall size a week ahead. He was a big baby throughout at the 95th centile for height and weight. At 7 months he is in 6-12 month pants and 12-18 month tops. His body shape is like DH who is all torso.
Rejoice in him already showing signs of being an individual, rather than look up rare associations.
Edited by MsN, 30 November 2012 - 02:49 PM.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:15 PM
I think all PP's have said enough about stepping away from google :-)
I can't remember my 12 week scan measurements, but my 20 weeks scan measurements, this baby's femur length was the smallest. Everything was on 50-60 percentile, and his femur was around 30 percentile. I've laughed with my DH and OB that he's just going to be a bit of a shorty like his dad and me. Combined with your other results, it's really nothing to worry about.
Try to relax and enjoy The fact you have a healthy little baby growing in there!
Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:08 PM
You have all made me feel better, thanks ladies
I know all will be ok but I just freaked out momentarily!
MsN - People watching in my nearest town can be quite disturbing, not to mention takes me an hour to drive so not sure I'd enjoy the stroll, especially in this heat
Just the smarty coming out in me , thanks for your kind but stern words
Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:16 AM
Yeah I thought they are mainly looking at the nasal bone. At 12 weeks I thought all babies have smaller legs than their bodies and they sometimes can't be measured accurately because of the way they are sitting. Mine was sitting cross legged. I've been told that only now at 19 weeks are the legs long enough to be accurately measured...
Good luck with everything.
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