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Cystic Hygroma (Definition)

Most common form of lymphangioma. Lesion that arises from lymphatic tissue. Often found in the left posterior triangle ...Read more


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Can babies with cystic hygroma survive long?

Can babies with cystic hygroma survive long?

Yes.: This is a congenital multiloculated lymphatic lesion that can arise anywhere. It is classically found in the left posterior triangle of the neck, and contains large cyst like cavities withy watery fluid. This is benign, but a lethal version, cowchock wapner kurtz syndrome, causes cystic hygroma, lymphedema and cleft palate. This can be seen in adults, and people can live normal lives. ...Read more

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Right. Can a term fetus die of cystic fibrosis?

Right. Can a term fetus die of cystic fibrosis?

Yes: Although rare, infant deaths from CF do occur every year, either from bowel impact ion leading to perforation and sepsis or overwhelming respiratory infection. ...Read more

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How can cystic fibrosis affect fetal development?

How can cystic fibrosis affect fetal development?

Not usually apparent: Cystic fibrosis patients are occasionally born with such thick poo that it is stuck & may result in surgical treatment. However, most have no visible findings at birth that would suggest a problem. During pregnancy, the maternal system handles the majority of metabolic challenges, nutrition (placenta), and the issues that may cause failure to thrive in CF only come into play after birth. ...Read more

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Can a baby die from cystic hygroma?

Cystic hygroma: Cystic hygroma often associated with fetal chromosomal anomaly some of which are lethal but not all. ...Read more

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What is cystic hygroma?

A lymphangioma.: A cystic hygroma is a congenital multiloculated lymphatic lesion that can arise anywhere, but is classically found in the left posterior triangle of the neck. This is the most common form of lymphangioma. It contains large cyst like cavities containing watery fluid. Cystic hygromas are benign, but can be disfiguring. It affects children; very rarely it can present in adulthood. ...Read more

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Pregnancy 15 week, ultrasound report.,.. Turner syndrome with cystic hygroma and hydrops fetalis....., your advise required?

Pregnancy 15 week,  ultrasound report.,.. Turner syndrome with cystic hygroma and hydrops fetalis....., your advise required?

Your decision: in the end. These findings in the first trimester usually carry a poor outlook for survival of the baby but there have been many reports of resolution of both cystic hygroma and hydrops as pregnancy progresses. Turner syndrome will always be there. I cannot decide for you but suggest you consider re-evaluating by ultrasound in 3-4 weeks should you decide to continue the pregnancy, you will then know more about the prognosis for the baby and any associated problems such as congenital heart defect etc. see:http://www.turnersyndrome.org/#!child/c4ff ...Read more

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Could an inutero twin death cause fetal lobulation in the surviving twin ?

Could an inutero twin death cause fetal lobulation in the surviving twin ?

Are you referring: to fetal lobulation of the kidneys? That is a normal anatomic variant, not related to an in utero twin. ...Read more

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Can tay-sachs disease be detected in a fetus in utero?

Yes.: Tay-sachs testing may be done on a fetus in utero via amniocentesis. ...Read more

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How serious are bilateral choroid plexus cysts in fetus?

How serious are bilateral choroid plexus cysts in fetus?

Usually normal: Most babies with choroid plexus cysts in the brain are normal, and almost all cysts go away by the end of the second trimester. But cysts can also be a marker for a problem called trisomy 18, which means an extra chromosome 18 in every cell of a baby's body. A maternal fetal medicine doctor can do an ultrasound and look for any other sign of trisomy 18. ...Read more

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Is cystic fibrosis autosomal dominant in genetics?

Is cystic fibrosis autosomal dominant in genetics?

Recessive: Both parents must carry the gene with a 25% chance (1:4) with each conception that the baby will have cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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How are meconium and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis different?

How are meconium and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis different?

Yes: Meconium is the normal fecal debris composing the accumulated intestinal contents at birth.It is heavily colored by bile, dark and sticky. Meconium ileus can occur when the meconium has abnormal glue like stickiness caused by CF and will not empty from the bowel.The blockage can require emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Is septated cystic structure in ovary benign?

Is septated cystic structure in ovary benign?

Possible: An ovarian cyst can be benign but sometimes a septated cystic structure could mean cancer. See your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Tetralogy of fallot diagnosed in fetus? How accurate is scan?

Tetralogy of fallot diagnosed in fetus? How accurate is scan?

Fairly accurate: In experienced centers, a fetal diagnosis of tetralogy of fallot should be reasonably accurate, although some of the specific anatomic details that may have an impact on the timing and type of surgical approach may not be readily apparent until after birth. ...Read more

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What is the difference between meconium aspiration and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis?

What is the difference between meconium aspiration and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis?

Meconium : Meconium is the poo you make in the womb but are not supposed to empty until after birth. It represents bile/swallowed hair & skin cells etc & is very sticky. If you poo before birth, usually due to stress, the stuff can circulate in the bag of waters. If that material gets into your lungs before, during or after labor it can cause lung disease. CF kids have poo that's too sticky & won't pass. ...Read more

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What is most commonly used to diagnose cystic fibrosis in the fetus? Cvs? Amniotic fluid?

What is most commonly used to diagnose cystic fibrosis in the fetus? Cvs? Amniotic fluid?

Bllod work: The most common and least invasive is the screening blood test for cf. If positive, the partner gets tested. If both are carriers than a OB specialist will discuss further testing with you and your partner. ...Read more

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Doc terminated my preg. bec fetus had cystic hygroma, aborted fetus's cytogenetic lab test result: apparently normal female karyotype, plz explain??

Doc terminated my preg. bec fetus had cystic hygroma, aborted fetus's cytogenetic lab test result: apparently normal female karyotype, plz explain??

It happens: A cystic hygroma can show up in many forms with one presentation similar to a feature of some TURNER Syndrome (X0) females. If a Turner syndrome patient survives pregnancy they are all sterile females that end up short & have a potential for heart, brain & other problems. However it can also show up in otherwise normal kids, which happened in your case. ...Read more

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Had hydatidiform mole pregnancy, it was terminated bec cystic hygroma fetus, do I've chance for another normal preg?do I need treatment?

Had hydatidiform mole pregnancy, it was terminated bec cystic hygroma fetus, do I've chance for another normal preg?do I need treatment?

Yes: Any abnormal pregnancies such as this are due to genetic it Tatian's which can happen only one time there's no guarantee you will have another problem like this. To be sure you might want to have genetic counseling or you can check your chromosomes it's possible that you have a chromosome disease that could be inherited most likely it is a random mutation which will never happen again ...Read more

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Dr terminated my preg. bec fetus had high N.T&cystic hygroma, what causes this kind of illness to a fetus?what was the reasons?

Dr terminated my preg. bec fetus had high N.T&cystic hygroma, what causes this kind of illness to a fetus?what was the reasons?

Cystic hygroma: is formed due to blockage of lymph drainage, could be due to genetic or environmental factors such as exposure to drugs / alcohol or viruses, what did you mean by "high N & T in your fetus? ...Read more

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Had fetus with cystic hygroma,but normal karyotype, it was aborted, but I've cmv igm0.92 cmv igg378, was it related to the fetus condiditon??what 2do?

Had fetus with cystic hygroma,but normal karyotype, it was aborted, but I've cmv igm0.92 cmv igg378, was it related to the fetus condiditon??what 2do?

Primary CMV infectn: You only test positive for CMV IgM when you have had a recent primary infection. You then have livelong immunity provided by CMV IgG. The timeframe needs to be checked by someone with expertise, but evidence of positive IgM means that you had a primary infection in pregnancy,which may have devastating effects on the fetus. You will not be at risk in future pregnancies because of immunity. ...Read more

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Can my aborted fetus have normal karyotype but have cystic hygroma&above normal N.T at the same time?did it deserve that doc decide abortion?

Can my aborted fetus have normal karyotype but have cystic hygroma&above normal N.T at the same time?did it deserve that doc decide abortion?

Certainly: A fetus can have normal karyotype and still have any one of a large variety of really bad congenital defects. That means many bad birth defects happen in babies who have normal karyotypes. As we each walk our journeys in life, we must make the best decisions we can, with the information we have at hand... people make the best call they can, and then move on, to the promises that the future holds. ...Read more

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I was 12 wk preg. fetus had cystic hygroma&above normal N.T&generalized edema, my Dr. decided abortion, was it the right decision?

I was 12 wk preg. fetus had cystic hygroma&above normal N.T&generalized edema, my Dr. decided abortion, was it the right decision?

12 wks fetal hydrops: That early in pregnancy, edema is hydrops, generalized; an increased nuchal translucency will be seen, which later in pregnancy may turn into a cystic hygroma, unless septation was already present--as seen in severely affected 45X (Turner syndrome) fetuses. Many other potential causes, but prognosis of hydrops this early is dismal. An amniocentesis prior to abortion allows chromosomal analysis. ...Read more

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I had abortion on 2-3, bec fetus had cystic hygroma&other anomalies. blood HCG quantitative on 24-3 : 23.95. any indication ?

I had abortion on 2-3, bec fetus had cystic hygroma&other anomalies. blood HCG quantitative on 24-3 : 23.95. any indication ?

Patience, expectancy: Your betaHCG may take several weeks to return to normal depending on the gestational age at which your pregnancy was terminated. If you have no pain, no excessive bleeding, no fever or other symptoms, there is little cause for alarm. Otherwise, be patient. If you remain concerned, you may want to repeat your HCG in another week or so. ...Read more

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How to avoid getting a fetus with health problems again? I had a fetus with above normal N.T&cystic hygroma, docs terminated this pregnancy.

How to avoid getting a fetus with health problems again? I had a fetus with above normal N.T&cystic hygroma, docs terminated this pregnancy.

Antenatal care: the success of a pregnancy improves with the level of care you receive before birth. Make sure you are followed by an OB before you plan to get pregnant. Make sure you have a good month or two of good health pre-conception, and then hope for a good pregnancy, making all your high-risk OB visits count ! ...Read more

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What are the tests for cystic hygroma?

? Tests ?: The cystic hygroma is usually suspected due to size, location & characteristics. Laboratory examination of the excised mass confirms the initial assessment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cystic hygroma?

What are the symptoms of cystic hygroma?

It depends.: Many cases of this are found in utero, or after birth, so often there are no symptoms, just the sign of a swelling in the neck by the posterior triangle at or after birth. Some can be large and can affect breathing and swallowing. They can resolve, but if they are large, they need to be drained. In any case, these patients need to be in a neonatal center capable of monitoring and treating them. ...Read more

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What is the cure for cystic hygroma?

What is the cure for cystic hygroma?

Depends: Depending on the size and location a pediatric surgeon may be able to reduce the size of the defect with surgery. The process is not a simple one, requiring pre-operative planning and postoperative surveillance. WOrking on these is not without risk. ...Read more

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Whats the reason of my cystic hygroma?

Whats the reason of my cystic hygroma?

? bad luck: Lymphangioma develop in the neck, but they do develop as part of some syndromes, such as turner syndrome and down syndrome. If you have a syndrome it is a much higher chance of getting the tumor. ...Read more

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Can babies with cystic hygroma survive long?

Yes.: This is a congenital multiloculated lymphatic lesion that can arise anywhere. It is classically found in the left posterior triangle of the neck, and contains large cyst like cavities withy watery fluid. This is benign, but a lethal version, cowchock wapner kurtz syndrome, causes cystic hygroma, lymphedema and cleft palate. This can be seen in adults, and people can live normal lives. ...Read more

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Need a specialist to evaluate rare cystic hygroma!?

Need a specialist to evaluate rare cystic hygroma!?

Genetics, MFM.: Cystic hygroma is typically seen with fetuses affected by turner syndrome or down syndrome. Seek care with a perinatal geneticist, genetic counselor and maternal-fetal medicine specialist to assess the final diagnosis and your reproductive options asap. ...Read more

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Does a cystic hygroma mean retardation for the baby if it is born>?

Does a cystic hygroma mean retardation for the baby if it is born>?

Not necessarily: Cystic hygroma is a congenital condition that can have a wide range of consequences. These are mainly anatomic and can be mild to severe. Can be surgically resolved but they can be severe and require significant intervention and may recur later. It can be associated with other syndromes that have more significant problems ie. Turners syndrome but not necessarily. Genetic counseling is recommended. ...Read more

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My son was born with a "cystic hygroma". Is it possible to remove all of it?

My son was born with a "cystic hygroma".  Is it possible to remove all of it?

Depends: Location & the skill of your surgical team will determine the outcome of any surgery for this problem. It can have a single or multiple locations & be small or large. If quite large, several procedures may be needed. ...Read more

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What is cystic hygroma?

A lymphangioma.: A cystic hygroma is a congenital multiloculated lymphatic lesion that can arise anywhere, but is classically found in the left posterior triangle of the neck. This is the most common form of lymphangioma. It contains large cyst like cavities containing watery fluid. Cystic hygromas are benign, but can be disfiguring. It affects children; very rarely it can present in adulthood. ...Read more

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Can a baby die from cystic hygroma?

Cystic hygroma: Cystic hygroma often associated with fetal chromosomal anomaly some of which are lethal but not all. ...Read more