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Doctor insights on: Shadow On Heart Baby Ultrasound What Does That Mean

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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'm 5 weeks 6 days, we did a vaginal ultrasound today and the babies heart rate was 73. Is there any hope my baby will survive?

I'm 5 weeks 6 days, we did a vaginal ultrasound today and the babies heart rate was 73. Is there any hope my baby will survive?

Ultrasound: Did they ask for you to have a repeat ultrasound in a week or two? The ultrasound that you describe above really was very early and would be best to have repeated. ...Read more

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What could it mean for an ultrasound of a baby to show a shadow on the heart?

What could it mean for an ultrasound of a baby to show a shadow on the heart?

Nothing: Your question does not contain sufficient information to be answered. Resubmit question after obtaining the US report. ...Read more

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I'm 7 weeks pregnant my first ultra sound is this Monday can I possibly hear the babies heart beat? And if not when's the soonest I can hear it??

I'm 7 weeks pregnant my first ultra sound is this Monday can I possibly hear the babies heart beat? And if not when's the soonest I can hear it??

Heartbeat: The baby's heart starts beating at the 6 week point, and it may be visible on ultrasound somewhere between 6-8 weeks. It can be heard on doppler somewhere between 10-12 weeks. ...Read more

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My 20 week ultrasound noted that my baby s heart was enlarged what does this mean?

My 20 week ultrasound noted that my baby s heart was enlarged what does this mean?

Need more: A more detailed study of the babies heart may be required to answer this question. The cause of the enlargement, if true, needs to be determined to answer the question. There can be lots of potential answers. ...Read more

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At my 20 week ultrasound they found fluid around the baby's heart? What does this mean?

At my 20 week ultrasound they found fluid around the baby's heart? What does this mean?

Fetal pericarditis: The fluid around the heard called "pericarditis". Isolated findings means probably nothing.

"pericardial fluid 2 mm or greater in thickness may be associated with structural anomalies or hydrops, but its clinical significance in the absence of these associated findings has not been evaluated".

Reference: http://www. Jultrasoundmed. Org/content/13/4/291.Abstract. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound at 22 weeks, showing 2.7 mm of fluid on babys heart, no infections were found from me. What could this mean?

I had an ultrasound at 22 weeks, showing 2.7 mm of fluid on babys heart, no infections were found from me. What could this mean?

Pericardial effusion: It sounds like the baby has a percardial effusion. Specific cases like this will need t be addressed by your doctor to determine if further testing is warranted. ...Read more

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I just had an ultrasound done at 8 weeks 4 days and baby’s heart rate was 184. Is that too high of a heart rate? What does it mean?

I just had an ultrasound done at 8 weeks 4 days and baby’s heart rate was 184. Is that too high of a heart rate? What does it mean?

No conclusions: It is good that you saw a heart beat at 8 weeks gestation. This is good sign. I would not draw any conclusions based on a heart rate of 184 at 8 weeks. ...Read more

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What is a EKG? I'm having a ultrasound on my baby heart

What is a EKG? I'm having a ultrasound on my baby heart

EKG: Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) is the recording of the electrical activity of the heart. ...Read more

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Can you tell by ultrasound if a baby has congential heart defects?

Can you tell by ultrasound if a baby has congential heart defects?

Depends: The results of a prenatal ultrasound depend on the sensitivity of the equipment used, the technician and the person interpreting the study. Some studies are fine for locating the fetal position, placental location and estimating fetal size, but little more. Most newer machines are capable of picking up most defects but a few will not be evident. Newborn exam and postnatal study may be needed. ...Read more

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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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At my 11 week ultrasound baby had no heart beat. They said it stoped developing at 6 weeks. What is the longest it can take to pass naturally?

At my 11 week ultrasound baby had no heart beat. They said it stoped developing at 6 weeks. What is the longest it can take to pass naturally?

Unknown: There is no way to predict that. If it has been five weeks and you still have not started to pass it discuss with your Obgyn the option of a D and C. This is a day surgery that can be a safe and easy option. ...Read more

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Should I worry if my ultrasound showed calcium deposit on my unborn baby's heart and I'm 38 years old?

Should I worry if my ultrasound showed calcium deposit on my unborn baby's heart and I'm 38 years old?

Follow, but...: This needs to be followed, but I wouldn't worry. These deposits are actually found quite often as incidental findings on ultrasounds between 18-24 weeks. The vast majority of them clear on their own by birth. As pediatricians, we often get these reports of these findings on prenatal us, but the baby is just fine. At age in upper 30's though, be followed by high risk OB or maternal-fetal medicine! ...Read more

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When baby heart been is seen in ultrasound? My wife gestational age is 4 weeks. Gestational sac is seen but not no foetel node is seen. Pls guide.

When baby heart been is seen in ultrasound? My wife gestational age is 4 weeks. Gestational sac is seen but not no foetel node is seen. Pls guide.

Early Preg: Best thing to do is to wait 7-10 days and then repeat the ultrasound. Also, blood pregnancy tests done 48 hours apart can also tell if the pregnancy is normal or failed. ...Read more

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I went in for a 6 week ultra sound expecting to see my baby s heartbeat until this ultrasound we had only seen one sac that sac now showed a beautiful beating heart t 105 I was measuring 6 weeks 4 days however the tech also found another sac considerably

I went in for a 6 week ultra sound expecting to see my baby s heartbeat until this ultrasound we had only seen one sac that sac now showed a beautiful beating heart t 105 I was measuring 6 weeks 4 days however the tech also found another sac considerably

Early pregnancy: At 6 weeks pregnant ultrasound is still very limited. We should see a gestational sac and hopefully a fetal pole. This is right on the cusp of when we can see a heart beat. So, a heart beat of 105 is still reassuring. In the next few weeks, baby grows a lot! The next ultrasound (even at 8 weeks) will be even a better and a nice fast heart beat (120 - 180) if all is progressing normally. ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound show if baby has any brain or heart condition? Is there any condition ultrasound doesn't show?

Can an ultrasound show if baby has any brain or heart condition? Is there any condition ultrasound doesn't show?

Large changes: Ultrasound has its limits. It is benign and so does not use radiation or anything else which will put the mother or baby at risk. But it is of lower resolution than x-ray type scans. It will show major organ changes or failures. It cannot show any changes from most biochemical or inherited conditions. So for example it would show anencephaly (no higher brain) but not phenylketonuria. ...Read more