"bright spots" on heart at 20 week scan???

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"bright spots" on heart at 20 week scan???

Postby jennellis » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:19 pm

hey girls, I went to the Dr yesterday for my 20 week scan. Everything checked out ok but the Dr saw what he called "bright spots" on baby Troys heart. They are sending us to have a fetal echo to see what it is.
Has anyone heard of this or know anything about something like this?

If you pray, please pray for my baby boy.
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Postby ncgirl » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:54 pm

They also found this at my daughter's 18 week ultrasound. They said that it was nothing to worry about, but i decided to do my own research on the internet, and freaked when i read that it could be associated with downs. I found a few really good sites that has posts about this, and SOO many good outcomes, so let me know if you would like the links to them. EVERYONE i talked to said that they see these all the time (they are called echogenic foci), and that 99% of the time they mean nothing, but i still worried for the rest of my pregnancy. I just gave birth on Tuesday to a healthy baby girl. I would listen to you dr. and try not to worry about the spots. I wish that I wouldn't have worried so much for the rest of my pregnancy for nothing. There are a few other people on this board that have had the same finding as well. I know it's hard not to worry, but I'm sure your baby will be just fine...my midwife told me she sees this once a week, and in her 10 years as a midwife, she has never seen a problem with them. Good luck! :D
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Postby jennellis » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:10 pm

ncgirl- Thank you for the reply. It is so hard not to worry. My husband keeps telling me that everything will be fine but I still am so worried. We have to wait almost two weeks before we go back for the specialist to do another scan.
Thanks again for you comment- it helps to know that other people went through the same thing. I am so glad your baby girl is doing well.
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Postby madison1103 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:21 pm

Hi there-

I actually posted about this a while back -- my screen name was Madison1026 then -- but I just had to register again as I hadn't logged in in a while.

Our son Nicholas had the "bright spots" or echogenic foci show up on his heart at our 20 week sonogram too. He was born this past November and is perfectly healthy. Of course I totally freaked out when we found out. I was at a radiology center for that sonogram instead of with my OB -- since it was a 4D. The doctor at the radiologist center told me that she sees these at least once a week and that they actually consider this a variation of normal. That the "spot" is actually a calcification of the muscle and with the high tech equipment we have today, it shows up as a "bright spot" on a sonogram. She said that when found by itself -- it usually means nothing. It often resolves itself by the 3rd trimester and when it doesn't (ours didn't) -- it will by the age of 5. It has no effect on the function of the heart.

Over the next several days I managed to call just about every doctor in my OB practice to get their opinions and they all said it was no big deal. They were not interested in doing further testing and they were confident that everything was fine. After talking to other folks -- it turns out my boss's daughter had the same thing and she had a friend who's son had the bright spot and another marker for Down's and he was perfectly fine.

Nick's pediatrician had the same reaction when we went in for his first check-up. She said it's quite common and she didn't feel it necessary to look at his heart any further.

I just thought you might like to hear that none of our doctors were concerned. As hard as it is -- try not to worry too much -- especially if everything else on the sonogram looked fine. I know that's easier said then done -- I'm the biggest worrier on earth! :)

Let me know if you have any other questions about it -- I know it made me feel better to talk to folks who experienced it.

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Postby jennellis » Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:52 pm

thank you so much for the positive hope. I am so worried. I cant wait until next tuesday when I can go back for another scan to see what is going on.
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