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Dr. Henry Dorn
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Can a transvaginal ultrasound cause a miscarriage?

Dr. Henry Dorn
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Can a transvaginal ultrasound cause a miscarriage?

Almost impossible. : Compared to intercourse, which is not known to cause miscarriage, a vaginal ultrasound causes much less "agitation" of the uterus. Although sometimes uncomfortable, it would almost certainly not be associated with risk of miscarriage. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical ...Read more


Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Strong hb 142 at 7 weeks on transvaginal ultrasound. Does risk of miscarriage drop now? Had recent loss and am nervous. Thank you in advance.

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Strong hb 142 at 7 weeks on transvaginal ultrasound. Does risk of miscarriage drop now? Had recent loss and am nervous. Thank you in advance.

A good sign: Seeing a heartbeat is certainly a good sign. Each week that the pregnancy progress the risk of loss decreases ...Read more

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Dr. Joy Jackson
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How can a doctor tell you how long its been since you miscarried from a transvaginal ultrasound and can they be wrong if your not that far along

Dr. Joy Jackson
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An : An ultrasound can detect if you are pregnant, if the fetus has a heartbeat (around 7 weeks) or if it does not have a heartbeat when it should (not a viable fetus), and if your cervix is open and a miscarriage is occuring. If you had a miscarriage and all the products of conception (fetal tissue) has passed there is no way to tell "how long it's been" since the loss occurred. Lastly, an ultrasound may not provide all the clues if read incorrectly, therefore serial blood tests to check the level of pregnancy hormone in your body will tell you exactly where you stand (pregnant or not). I am so sorry you are going through all of this. I wish you the very best. ...Read more

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Dr. Phillip Goebel
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Would an pelvic ultrasound, transvaginal ultrasound or cat scan show up a miscarriage?

Dr. Phillip Goebel
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Ultrasound: A combination of ultrasound (either transabdominal or transvaginal), B-hcg levels, and clinical information are used to diagnose a miscarriage. CT is not used because of its ionizing radiation. ...Read more

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Dr. Jill Nicholson
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Hcg level on 4/14 was 1299 & on 4/16 is 1288. Transvaginal ultrasound on 4/14 showed an irregularly shaped fluid collection in my uterus. Miscarriage?

Dr. Jill Nicholson
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Hcg level on 4/14 was 1299 & on 4/16 is 1288. Transvaginal ultrasound on 4/14 showed an irregularly shaped fluid collection in my uterus. Miscarriage?

Missed pregnancy: Hcg should have at least doubled in the 48 hour window. Decreasing HCG signifies a failed, or 'missed' pregnancy. Be sure to follow up with the doctor who ordered your blood test. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Accurso
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I went and had transvaginal ultrasound 1 day before 6 wks. Saw sac but no fetal pole or embryo. Said there is debris and they think i'll miscarry.

Dr. Joseph Accurso
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I went and had transvaginal ultrasound 1 day before 6 wks. Saw sac but no fetal pole or embryo. Said there is debris and they think i'll miscarry.

Only time will tell: Unfortunately, there is nothing anyone can do at this early state. Lack of a fetal pole at 6 weeks is not a good sign. Serial measurements of the pregnancy hormone HCG may be useful to confirm unless "menses" starts, which would also verify miscarriage. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Is a beta of 1684 okay for a 4 week 2 day pregnancy saw gestational sac just on transvaginal ultrasound ?

Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Is a beta of 1684 okay for a 4 week 2 day pregnancy saw gestational sac just on transvaginal ultrasound ?

Maybe.: It sounds within the normal range but their are charts to compare age and normal bHCG levels that I don't currently have reference to. If your doctor or US tech wasn't concerned then you shouldn't be either. If you are bleeding or concerned about miscarriage, see your doctor/provider immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Amit Bhavsar
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6 weeks 2days per transvaginal ultrasound today. Progestrone week and half ago was 14.6. Hcg today 16k.Gest. Sac, yolk sac, cr embro flicker? No hb.?

Dr. Amit Bhavsar
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6 weeks 2days per transvaginal ultrasound today. Progestrone week and half ago was 14.6. Hcg today 16k.Gest. Sac, yolk sac, cr embro flicker? No hb.?

Concerning: you should see a heartbeat at an HCG of 16k. Repeat the HCG and ultrasound in 36-48 hours for appropriate rise and re-attempt at seeing cardiac activity. If the HCG is not rising appropriately, then unfortunately it's a miscarriage. ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Jones
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I am 6 weeks 1 day pregnant, i went to the doctor to get an transvaginal ultrasound but there was nothing but a yolk sac (4.5mm). Is this normal?

Dr. Karen Jones
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I am 6 weeks 1 day pregnant, i went to the doctor to get an transvaginal ultrasound but there was nothing but a yolk sac (4.5mm). Is this normal?

Yes it can be: An ultrasound at 6 weeks that shows a yolk sac is pretty good. I have my patients in this situation repeat an ultrasound in a week to see if an embryo can be seen. Since no embryo was seen there is some chance of having a miscarriage. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Levine
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Can a 6 week transvaginal ultrasound be off by a week?

Dr. Amy Levine
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Can a 6 week transvaginal ultrasound be off by a week?

Ultrasound dating: First trimester ultrasound is accurate within 5-7 days. There is no test that can date conception more accurately than a 1 week window. ...Read more

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Dr. Seth Derman
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Spontaneous Abortion (Definition)

Spontaneous abortion is also known as Pregnancy loss. Spontaneous abortion is the spontaneous death of a growing fetus. It is also ...Read more


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