Do babies with down syndrome have a nasal bone - Doctor answers

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I had a 12 ultrasound and no nasal bone was found that's it mean my baby has Down syndrome or it may be to little to tell help I'm worried please?

I had a 12 ultrasound and no nasal bone was found that's it mean my baby has Down syndrome or it may be to little to tell help I'm worried please?

Needs followup: Although suspicious, it may be too early to tell for sure. Data are better for 2nd trimester ultrasounds, in the 15 to 20 week range.

Please see your ob/gyn and discuss consultation with high risk OB and a plan for further testing and additional OB us.

Based on epidemiology (population analysis - not necessarily true for you!): hypoplastic nasal bones -. 5-1.2% normal fetuses vs. 43-62% down's. ...Read more

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What can a small nasal bone in 22 week scan mean apart from Down syndrome?

What can a small nasal bone in 22 week scan mean apart from Down syndrome?

Talk with the Ob-Gyn: Depending upon ethnic group and other factors, some babies will not show bone formation in the nasal bridge by 22 weeks. It is believed that having a nonossified nasal bone between 15 and 22 weeks increases the Down syndrome risk, especially in women with high risk factors. But, it is statistics (look at all data), so some normal babies and some with other syndromes can have the same finding. ...Read more

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19 weeks pregnat blood came back negative but they can see babys bone in nose does it always mean down syndrome?

19 weeks pregnat blood came back negative but they can see babys bone in nose does it always mean down syndrome?

Not Down's: The blood test is the gold standard for testing. I would believe that 10 times more than an indistinct shadow on a 19 week ultrasound. There are lots of false positives (meaning a condition is suspected but ends up not being true) with us screening. That's why it is just a screening. If you then have a positive screen, you move ahead to the gold standard test - in this case the blood work or amnio. ...Read more

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Does a nasal bone at 10 weeks mean no downs syndrome?

Does a nasal bone at 10 weeks mean no downs syndrome?

Not 100%: This is a useful test and it is reassuring when the nasal bone is seen. But, it is not a 100% guarantee. Talk to your OB doc about your concerns. ...Read more

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Who can measure my baby's nasal bone?

Who can measure my baby's nasal bone?

Huh?: Measure what and for what? Are you talking about length, width or exactly what? ...Read more

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I'm experiencing headache when I woke up this morning. My nasal bone is so sore. The back of my head is so sore too. I feel like someone is pinching my nerves down?

I'm experiencing headache when I woke up this morning. My nasal bone is so sore. The back of my head is so sore too. I feel like someone is pinching my nerves down?

Check with you Dr.: First check with you physician to be sure there are no medical complications. You may also have some dental concerns (grinding your teeth, sleep disturbances, etc.) but rule medical complications out first. If you physician does not find an answer, you may look into finding a doctor that deals with TMJ issues to see if this might be a cause. Treat the cause, not the effects. ...Read more

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NT scan shows 3.3 mm thickness, normal blood tests. 1 white spot at baby's heart. Nasal bone present. Everything else is fine. Does my baby had DS?

NT scan shows 3.3 mm thickness, normal blood tests. 1 white spot at baby's heart. Nasal bone present. Everything else is fine. Does my baby had DS?

Can't say...: Those tests are not diagnostic of anything. An increased thickness has been associated with Downs Syndrome, so the risk is thought to be increased BUT IT DOES NOT IN ANY WAY SAY YOUR BABY HAS DOWNS. The echogenic cardiac focus is also very nonspecific and usually means nothing at all. Follow with your doc for the revised "odds". If you want certainty consider amnio (only after understanding risks) ...Read more

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Do babies with Down syndrome usually weigh more or less in the womb?

Do babies with Down syndrome usually weigh more or less in the womb?

No correct answer: Children with down's syndrome have certain features that are indicative while in utero. Weight is not one of them. In utero weight is dependent on so many factors including maternal factors that fetal weight cannot be used with any accuracy. In my experience, children with Down syndrome often weigh similar to their siblings in utero. ...Read more

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Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Not specifically: Ds infants can have any of the sporadic issues that affect non ds infants, like esophageal atresia, where the swallowing tube is not hooked up, or urinary tract defects, both of which can lead to poor amniotic fluid production. ...Read more

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What can I do to help babies /kids with down syndrome?

What can I do to help babies /kids with down syndrome?

Help for Downs: There are services such as early intervention to assist children under 3 years of age. Special services are school responsibility after that. There are Down syndrome support groups which can be very supportive. Many medical centers have Down syndrome clinics to provide comprehensive care. My grandson has down syndrome. His parents find these services to be very helpful. ...Read more

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Do Down syndrome babies grow at a smaller rate in womb?

Do Down syndrome babies grow at a smaller rate in womb?

No: They tend to grow at a pretty normal rate prior to birth. Deficiencies in linear growth will eventually occcur in the average ds kid as they grow older. However, some maintain a relatively normal rate of growth, dependingg on other factors affecting their health. ...Read more

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Can extremely high sugar level in a male lead to (down syndrome) in his offspring. We are so scared of making babies.

No: Males get a bit of a pass on the ds issue. You make millions of sperm that are constantly renewed and only the healthiest sperm swim well enough to conceive. Any weak ones wouldn't do the deed. Women present only one egg at a time and those show the accumulated effect of toxins an the like. You may benefit from talking with a genetic counselor to explore any risk issues. ...Read more

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What are signs of Down syndrome in an infant?

What are signs of Down syndrome in an infant?

Complex issue: Children with downs syndrome can be seriously ill at birth. They may have heart disease, bowel obstruction, serious lung disease, blood sugar problems. If these are not present, they may be healthy but hypotonic with trouble feeding. Usually they have obvious features of their face and ears and hands that suggest the diagnosis. Chromosome testing will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long can an infant with Down syndrome & eisenmenger live? The vsd is still very open. Are there effective treatments?

Depends: Trisomy 21 with a vsd and eisenmenger's has, unfortunately, a poor prognosis. The length of survival is variable and depends on the severity of the pulmonary hypertension as well as any other conditions. Treatments depend on those factors as well. Please discuss your child's specific prognosis with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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My babies neck tissue measurement was high and they say he could have down syndrome. Can you explain this?

My babies neck tissue measurement was high and they say he could have down syndrome. Can you explain this?

Need more info: Babies with Down syndrome typically have short necks with extra tissue. Having this noted on ultrasound does not necessarily mean the baby has down syndrome, but other tests will be necessary to know this. ...Read more

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