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Can hyperechoic focus in the fetal heart mean down syndrome?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not necessarily: An echogenic focus seen one a fetal sonogram is most often associated with a normal fetus. It is usually evidence of the moderator band in the heart. It is found fairly often. By itself, this finding is not a problem. In down's syndrome , there are a number of findings on sono among these heart defects, bone and facial abnormalities. Echogenic focus can also be seen.
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
No: It is a non-specific term reflecting an area of the heart that might have increased minieralization, and so show up more on an echo. Can be found in normal hearts at a rate of about 3%.
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Last updated Apr 24, 2015
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