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Can the ultrasound reveal any problems with my unborn child?

Can the ultrasound reveal any problems with my unborn child?

Yes: Hi, many abnormalities can be diagnosed by a high level or level ii ultrasound. These scans are most often performed by obgyn's with special training called maternal fetal medicine doctors or mfm or perinatologist. They have attended special training in obstetrics and specialize in high level ultrasound. A scan between 17 and 22 weeks is now considered standard of care by most. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Is there anyway ultrasounds can cause any kind of damage to my unborn baby?

Is there anyway ultrasounds can cause any kind of damage to my unborn baby?

Safe: Diagnostic ultrasound studies of the fetus are generally considered safe during pregnancy. This diagnostic procedure should be performed only when there is a valid medical indication, and the lowest possible ultrasonic exposure setting should be used to gain the necessary diagnostic information under the alara (as low as reasonably achievable) principle. ...Read more

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Will the mother show any symptoms if the fetus has a neural tube problem?

Will the mother show any symptoms if the fetus has a neural tube problem?

Typically no.: The mother is generally asymptomatic in most fetal anomalies (including neural tube defects), which makes a reliable prenatal sonogram necessary for detection of these problems before delivery - in order to improve prognosis and streamline care. Occasionally a fetus with open neural tube defect will develop polyhydramnios (increased fluid in the sac) and then cause a large uterus and dyspnea. ...Read more

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What are the chances my child will be born with chromosomal abnormalities? I was told my unborn child has echogenic bowels, that i tested higher for the risk of Down syndrome and as a carrier of the cystic fibrosis trait

What are the chances my child will be born with chromosomal abnormalities? I was told my unborn child has echogenic bowels, that i tested higher for the risk of Down syndrome and as a carrier of the cystic fibrosis trait

There : There are several ultrasound findings that can suggest down sysndrome, and echogenic bowel is one of them. There could be other explanations for that finding, though. It sound like you will need some testing to find out what's going on. The two tests used most commonly are amniocentesis and chorionic villous sampling. Each has its own risks and benefits, so you should discuss them with your obstetrician. I would suggest that you do this sooner than later, and regardless of whether the outcome might lead you to terminate the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the chance if my son had hie that he will have problems with mental retardation in the future?

What is the chance if my son had hie that he will have problems with mental retardation in the future?

Risk factors: The sarnat neurological score, physical findings and eeg results in a newborn helps predict risk of developmental delays/ intellectual disability/cerebral palsy. Infants with stage 1 mild symptoms for <24 hours or moderate symptoms stage 2, for < 5 days have low risk. Higher risk is stage 2 > 7 days. Stage 3 severe symptoms + seizures on eeg, 70% risk.A type of MRI (dwi) can show injury early. ...Read more

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Can my babys reflux problems ect be associated with polyhydromis in pregnancy the consultant said baby could have problems with swallowing throat ect?

Can my babys reflux problems ect be associated with polyhydromis in pregnancy the consultant said baby could have problems with swallowing throat ect?

Hard to say: The frequency of reflux activity in newborns approaches 100%, most of which never had polyhydramnios. Babies can't burp without refluxing air, and the wet stuff is just an additive.If the kid is feeding normally and growing at a normal rate, i would not worry much about the swallowing issue. ...Read more

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Does a diagnostic ultrasound look for all birth defects? Over 40 and having my first kiddo. Will a diagnostic ultrasound at 22 weeks show all major forms of birth defect, or are there some that can only be detected by amnio or some other test?

Does a diagnostic ultrasound look for all birth defects? Over 40 and having my first kiddo.  Will a diagnostic ultrasound at 22 weeks show all major forms of birth defect, or are there some that can only be detected by amnio or some other test?

Many undetectable: or missed. The accuracy is operator-specific, but even the most talented prenatal ultrasonologists, both Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Radiology specialists, will miss the diagnosis of Down in an affected pregnancy. You are entitled to have testing for Down by a maternal blood test for fetal DNA, 99.9% accurate, with results in 4 to 7 days. Your age-specific risk is 1/100. Get genetic counseling. ...Read more

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How early can doctors determine if a fetus has any birth defects from medications? And what test should be preformed ?

How early can doctors determine if a fetus has any birth defects from medications? And what test should be preformed ?

Depends on situation: Every newborn should have a thorough exam at birth looking for transient distortions caused by uterine compression, disruptions from intrauterine events, or abnormalities from whatever cause. If mom was on a specific medication, the sometimes hidden effects can be specifically looked for by those aware of the possibilities. There is no one test or group of tests. ...Read more

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If a baby is born with IUGR can this cause any case of mental disabilities later on ? Or do they usually out grow it?

If a baby is born with IUGR can this cause any case of mental disabilities later on ? Or do they usually out grow it?

Fetal, placental : &/or maternal disorders can cause IUGR. Evaluation for the cause is needed if birth head circumference is <5th %ile &/or physical/neurological abnormalities exist. The same nurse should measure the head the same way each visit. Standardized developmental screening tools should be used. If concerns arise, referrals to an Early Intervention Program & a developmental pediatrician are needed. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal ultrasound detect if u have lung problems or disorders?Can it pick up problems of the lungs too?Thanks

Can an abdominal ultrasound detect if u have lung problems or disorders?Can it pick up problems of the lungs too?Thanks

Yes: Lung ultrasound is becoming more and more common. We often do lung ultrasound in the ICU. An abdominal US, if it detects problems with your lungs, will likely be a pleural effusion. It could also detect pneumonia and things like tumors. The vascular ultrasound probes are used to look for fluid overload and pneumothorax. ...Read more

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If my partner(man) has congenital heart disease with the vessel, is there any way to get pregnant with help of genetic doctor to have a healthy baby?

If my partner(man) has congenital heart disease with the vessel, is there any way to get pregnant with help of genetic doctor to have a healthy baby?

Genetics of heart: Many male patients with congenital heart disease have fathered healthy children. Depending on the father's disorder there may or may not be a somewhat increased chance of transmitting a genetic condition. This could be addressed by a cardiovascular genetic medical doctor. More details would be needed to give you a specific answer. ...Read more

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Which kind of doctor can help my child who has problems relating to other kids and following directions?

Which kind of doctor can help my child who has problems relating to other kids and following directions?

ADHD?: A child psychologist or a pediatrician who specializes in growth and development (developmental pediatrician) are good candidates to evaluate your child. A psychiatrist is also an excellent suggestion if you can find one. Other than the concerns you have mentioned, there may be other traits in your child that you may not be aware of that can contribute to a diagnosis of adhd among others. ...Read more

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Will my baby be healthy if i conceive through icsi? Will there be any abnormalities or complications?

Will my baby be healthy if i conceive through icsi? Will there be any abnormalities or complications?

ICSI risks: Icsi is utilized in certain cases during ivf, mainly male factor infertility. Risks are low but higher that ivf without icsi. It is thought that the increased risk of fetal malformations are related to the underlying infertility rather than icsi itself. A specific malformation mentioned with icsi is hypospadius, a defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis. ...Read more

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Could you tell me the medical term for a baby born with their intestines outside their body or have any other info on it please?

Could you tell me the medical term for a baby born with their intestines outside their body or have any other info on it please?

Gastroschesis: There is a process where the stomach ; intestines do not completely enter the abdomen from their formation area in the embryonic sac. This is called gastroschesis. I no of no other entity where this description would apply.Delivery at a high risk center improves outcome. ...Read more

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Can a person with bi polar disorder give birth to healthy baby? Does the medication affect foetus & lead to the birth of abnormal baby

Can a person with bi polar disorder give birth to healthy baby? Does the medication affect foetus & lead to the birth of abnormal baby

Yes: The risks and benefits of untreated illness and exposure to medications are complex. The best website is www.Womensmentalhealth.Org (mass gen hosp). Lithium is a good choice in pregnancy, although it is not risk free. It is important to confirm the diagnosis, many people with mood instability are mistakenly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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