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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Nuchal Rigidity

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Any ideas why meningism causes nuchal rigidity?

Any ideas why meningism causes nuchal rigidity?

Nuchal rigidity: Anything that inflames or irritates the tis tissue (dura mater) that surrounds the spinal cord and brain can lead to meningits and a stiff neck. The most common things are viral and bacterial infections and some chemical if instilled into the spinal fluid space. ...Read more

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Is strain on the nuchal cord a common cause of low apgars?

Is strain on the nuchal cord a common cause of low apgars?

It happens: A tight nuchal cord can easily depress Apgar scores by starving the brain/heart/body of needed oxygen. However, the kid can also rebound from such an event. I have had one kid with 5 wraps of a nuchal cord and depressed Apgar score that grew up to be a healthy adult. ...Read more

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I have a hard bump on my nuchal ligament. It feels like bone and doesn't hurt, but I have headaches that are probably caused by tmj?

I have a hard bump on my nuchal ligament. It feels like bone and doesn't hurt, but I have headaches that are probably caused by tmj?

Probably not TMJ: A hard bump on your nuchal ligament that feels like bone not related to TMJ. I'd start with an evaluation by your MD, and then referral to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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What is a nuchal scan?

What is a nuchal scan?

Nuchal Translucency : Nuchal Translucency is a screening test to determine risk of chromosome abnormalities in a fetus. When the NT is greater than 3.5 mm, there is a 1 in 5 chance of a chromosome abnormality such as Turner or Down syndrome, or Trisomy 18. Additional tests should be ordered by an OB or genetic counselor for confirmation. A mother may decide to continue or end of the pregnancy based on the information. ...Read more

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Ultrasound showed thick nuchal foldworried. What does this mean?

Ultrasound showed thick nuchal foldworried. What does this mean?

Nuchal Translucency : Nuchal Translucency is a screening test to determine risk of chromosome abnormalities in a fetus. When the NT is greater than 3.5 mm, there is a 1 in 5 chance of a chromosome abnormality such as Turner or Down syndrome, or Trisomy 18. Additional tests should be ordered by an OB or genetic counselor for confirmation. A mother may decide to continue or end of the pregnancy based on the information. ...Read more

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Nuchal translucency was 2mm and crl was 7cm at 13 weeks 1 day. Is this within the normal range?

Nuchal translucency was 2mm and crl was 7cm at 13 weeks 1 day. Is this within the normal range?

Need test results: 1st trimester screening is not done simply by ultrasound. The sonogram is done along with blood work. The results are mathmatically calculated to give you a risk assessment for down syndrome. One should not try to interpret the sonogram without knowing the overall result. ...Read more

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I am 13w 5days pregnant and my todays scan showing nuchal thickness of 0.07cm. Is this abnormal? I am worried

I am 13w 5days pregnant and my todays scan showing nuchal thickness of 0.07cm.  Is this abnormal? I am worried

Depends...: Need accurate terms and data. 13w5d is an appropriate time to measure 'nuchal translucency', but not the correct time to measure 'nuchal fold thickness' (measured later in pregnancy, 5mm or less is normal). If this was a translucency measurement, then 3mm or less is 'normal'. 3mm is 0.3cm. "0.07cm" is less than 1mm. 7mm would be increased, so see a perinatologist for repeat ultrasound. ...Read more