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How can you miss triplet on ultrasound?

How can you miss triplet on ultrasound?

Depends: Ultrasound is not a perfect technique and sometimes it is not surprising to miss a triplet pregnancy, most o the ultrasound people are highly trained and certified, yet it is hard to prepare for absolut everything that nature can present to you. So be mindfull and understand that it is within our nature and technology to miss things sometimes. ...Read more

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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Triplets but 1 heartbeat was only 72 at 7-wk ultrasound. How likely is it that this baby won't make it?

Triplets but 1 heartbeat was only 72 at 7-wk ultrasound. How likely is it that this baby won't make it?

Possible.: If your pregnancy dates are correct, the embryonic heart rate is low and increases the risk of fetal loss in the setting of triplets. Your maternal-fetal medicine specialist should be able to reassure you if this resolves or inform you of complications if they arise. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and best of luck! ...Read more

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Had ultrasound at 8 weeks, showed 3 sacs, 2 empty, 1 with fetus and heartbeat. Is it possible I will be having triplets??

Had ultrasound at 8 weeks, showed 3 sacs, 2 empty, 1 with fetus and heartbeat. Is it possible I will be having triplets??

1 baby: If I understand your question correctly you said that only one baby was seen at 8 weeks. If there were other babies they would have also been visible. You can ask your doctor doing the sonogram to confirm the findings and explain the results. ...Read more

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3 ovarian follicles ultrasound, triplets?

3 ovarian follicles ultrasound, triplets?

Very unlikely: Though not impossible. If you got 3 follicles on Clomid (clomiphene) your chance of triplets is roughly 1/1000; if on hmg (shots) the chance may be as high as 5%. You list 47 years as your age; if this is true, the chance is (i'm sorry) basically zero. ...Read more

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How could Down syndrome be missed on targeted ultrasound in a 40 year old?

How could Down syndrome be missed on targeted ultrasound in a 40 year old?

Screening vs confirm: By definition a screening test is done to more individuals to select the group at higher risk for a problem that justifies a greater cost definitive test.All screening tests can be falsely negative or positive. The definitive tests for DS require chromosome analysis. This can be done in limited centers by finding fetal cells in mothers blood, or by CVS or amniocentesis. ...Read more

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3 weeks ago i had 2 ultrasounds and i've had 4 ddimers. Dr says not a clot but i've read these test miss them often. Drs won't do more testing. Worried?

3 weeks ago i had 2 ultrasounds and i've had 4 ddimers. Dr says not a clot but i've read these test miss them often. Drs won't do more testing. Worried?

Assuming: The d dimer was very low, you have no risk factors for dvt, and the ultrasounds (optimally separated in time by a few days) were normal there is no further need for testing. ...Read more

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Could a second baby have been missed on my last ultrasound?

Poor picture: The picture given does not give an lot to view making it impossible to see what is circled. My advice would be to see you ob/gyn and show the site that concerns you. This way, you can determine what is concerning in the picture. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood for an ultrasound scan to miss something?

Yes: It might be beneficial to provide more detail in a followup question. ...Read more

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Can a twin be missed at 12 week ultrasound?

Can a twin be missed at 12 week ultrasound?

Yes: mistakes happen. However, it is very unlikely. If you are concerned, speak with your doctor. A second ultrasound should confirm the initial findings. ...Read more

Dr. Neeraj Gupta
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Triplets (Definition)

Triplets are siblings resulting from one pregnancy that carried ...Read more