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I was told by a echo ultrasound of my baby that she has a hole in her heart and it will disappear afterwards should I be worry?

I was told by a echo ultrasound of my baby that she has a hole in her heart and it will disappear afterwards should I be worry?

Trust provider: Fetal blood circulation requires a connection between the two sides of the heart. Normally, this closes during birth, but it's common to remain connected infancy, then close themselves during early childhood posing no threat. If your provider suggested it would close itself, then it's likely common & not dangerous. Keep follow up appointments & recommendations. You shouldn't worry. ...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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I have to have an echo ultrasound test done. For a possible mitral valve prolapse, what does this consist of and what problems can it detect?

I have to have an echo ultrasound test done.  For a possible mitral valve prolapse, what does this consist of and what problems can it detect?

Simple test : An echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound examination of the heart. There are 2 types. The majority of echos are done by placing a water based gel on your chest and a probe is placed on the skin. We can see the function if the heart. We can also look at the valves, chambers and for holes in the heart. It takes about 15 minutes and requies no needles. ...Read more

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A year a go I had an echo ultrasound n a 24 holter monitor everything was fine I still have palpitations n missed heart beats specially when stresses. No other simptoms. Should I worry?

A year a go I had an echo ultrasound n a 24 holter monitor everything was fine I still have palpitations n missed heart beats specially when stresses. No other simptoms. Should I worry?

Probably not: palpitates can be a sign of serious things like a-fib etc. But most of the time its just unerving . the echo is reassuring as structurally normal hearts are unlikely to have life threatening issues. The holter is fine but unless you have any symptoms during the 24 hrs it may miss things. I suggest a 30 day event recorder to cast a wider net, and do a stress echo to see if exercise shows the cause. ...Read more

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Why would a 6.6cm cyst with echoes on ultrasound be visible after 6 weeks, however not visible on the scan another 4 weeks later and symptoms remain?

Why would a 6.6cm cyst with echoes on ultrasound be visible after 6 weeks, however not visible on the scan another 4 weeks later and symptoms remain?

No simple answer: It is still possible that the cause of your symptoms may not be related to the cyst. Continue with your gynecologist to seek out real cause of symptoms. ...Read more

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Can echo and ultrasound see your thoracic aorta region and detect thickening or aneursym?

Can echo and ultrasound see your thoracic aorta region and detect thickening or aneursym?

Generally not: The thoracic aorta is best imaged with a CT or MRI angiography. The ascending aorta and abdominal aorta can be seen with echo and ultrasound. ...Read more

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My unborn fetus had a marker on a ultrasound echo focus but everything else was good?

My unborn fetus had a marker on a ultrasound echo focus but everything else was good?

Sounds like: If it was an "echogenic intracardiac focus", this is a "soft" or 'minor' marker for down's syndrome, and in patients who are otherwise "low risk" for genetic defects, it is not felt to indicate an increased risk for ds. But most doctors would offer you a consult to a high risk OB specialist for more testing; or blood work from you that is almost 99% accurate to check for ds, tri13 ;18. Eif may res. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an abd aortic aneurysm if i've had abd ultrasound and echo in the past four months? Do they grow that quickly?

Is it possible to have an abd aortic aneurysm if i've had abd ultrasound and echo in the past four months? Do they grow that quickly?

AAA: First of all abdominal aortic aneuysms are almost unheard of in a 38 year old woman. It is worth pointing out however that anyone can open a facility and buy an ultrasound machine. Make sure your ultrasound and report came from a facility with appropriate certification or ask your doctor if it did. You can be more confident the report is accurate that way. ...Read more

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When i did ultrasound it shown liver is enlarged 22 CM homogeneous echo pattern no definite focal lesion so is my liver is ok or what I should do?

When i did ultrasound it shown liver is enlarged 22 CM homogeneous echo pattern 
no definite focal lesion so is my liver is ok or what I should do?

Reading report: That is the responsibility of the physician who ordered the scan. But the report as it clearly states means that there is no explanation for the liver being large on the scan. ...Read more

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Are all ultrasound scans of the heart called heart echo's?

Are all ultrasound scans of the heart called heart echo's?

Heart Echo: The technical term used is echcardiogram which translates in to echo or ultrasond exam of heart. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Echo (Definition)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen ...Read more