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Ultrasound showed g-sac&no embryo/beartbeat doctor said i was 6 weeks along& hcg levels r 1600. is it normal not 2 see embryo or yolk sac this early?

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Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Doubtful.: At 6 weeks both a fetal pole and yolk sac should be seen if the dating is correct and ultrasound technique is optimal. However, quantitative hCG of 1600 does not correspond to 6 weeks from LMP
Dr. Paul Velt
Diagnostic Radiology 42 years experience
HCG sounds low: and at 6 weeks there should be more to see such as heart beat and yolk sac. One thing to keep in mind is that dates could be off. It is best to wait about 2 weeks and repeat the blood work and sonogram and then you will have a better idea what is happening

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Midlothian, VA
A 19-year-old female asked:

Ultrasound showed g-sac no embryo/heartbeat Doctor said i was 6 weeks 0 days&hcg levels r 1600. Is it normal not 2 see embryo or yolk sac this early?

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Dr. Michael Brooks
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
No,but possible: HCG levels have helped over the years to distinguish between normal and abnormal pregnancies. A transvaginal ultrasound performed on a patient who has an hcg level between 1500-2000mIu will probably see a normal pregnancy .However,there are exceptions(i.e.twin pregnancies,ectopic pregnancies,heterotropic pregnancies ) which can confuse the picture.Repeat ultrasound in one week may clear this up

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