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What Would Cause My Unborn Baby To Have Enlarged Ventricles
Maybe: If baby has polycystic kidneys, need to have a higher level us to screen for other abnormalities. Hard to say if kidneys are functioning well until after birth. ...Read more
Can you tell me what it means when on a fetus one of the ventricles is smaller than the other ventricle?
Could be normal: I am assuming that you are talking about ventricles in the brain. Ventricles of the heart are normally different sizes before birth. Regarding the brain ventricular size discreptancy-i am not very concerned as it may be a varient of normal. Many people are walking around with slight asymmetry of the ventricles-and they are normal. Probably would get a neurosonogram after birth to get better idea. ...Read more
As early as 14 weeks: Single ventricle in the fetus can be seen by ultrasound as early as 14 weeks, depending on the skill of the fetal cardiologist performing the study. There are cases where it has been identified even earlier. ...Read more
If a fetus has ventricles measuring 12-13mm at 17weeks and it goes down to 10-11mm at 20 weeks can it reoccur at anytime throughout his lifetime?
No: It does not really work that way. If the ventricular measurements are normal then continued monitoring is not really needed. ...Read more
Follow up/management: Your physicians will monitor your child's cardiac function and exam, regulate intake of fluids and electrolytes, and evaluate whether the oxygen and CO2 levels in the bloodstream are normal. Edema or swelling in the extremities, face, neck and other areas of the body may indicate a problem with right ventricular function. The management will also include cardiology in addition to your PICU group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please clarify: This is a little different of a question. Can you clarify whether you are referring to the left ventricle of the heart and the entire size of the brain (as in volume, weight, or some other measure?). Or are you asking about the size of the left ventricle of the brain? And why only the left ventricle and not the right? ...Read more
32 week ultrasound shows fetus' bilateral ventricles are 9.5 mm. Doc wants me back after 2 weeks for another. Can this be a bad problem?
I assume it is ventriculer index you are talking about
at 32 weeks midline zone is9-10 mm
I am sure your physician has been monitering the ventrical size in your baby
if it is less or more than the 2 standered deviation of your babies prior ventriculer size it needs to be closely monitered ...Read more
Hlo doctor, In my 22 weeks scan we found fetus right ventricle was 9.5mm and left was 9.2mm is it normal?
28 week ultrasound showed asymmetric brain ventricles on fetus. Within normal range (7-8mm) Everything else ok. Should I be worried?
F/u echo: Required to make sure the inequality in the ventricles does not get worse ...Read more
Does an infant with borderline left ventricle and aortic stenosis and other associated problems can live a normal healthy life or will compromise?
Likely Compromise: Unfortunately, a "borderline" left ventricle and as will likely have some long term effect. That does not mean your child cannot live a meaningful and happy life. As a cardiologist, I can tell you that there are too many unknowns to begin to speculate. But if things go well (i.e. Surgery/cath) your child can do well and be happy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
30 week ultrasound showed asymmetrical brain ventricles on fetus. Rest of the scan perfect. Is this a normal variant?
Not really.: No, this is not a normal variant and is usually indicative of some type of compromise and blood flow, to the side of the brain where the ventricle is more prominent. The good news, is that a fetus's brain is very resilient, and as long as all else goes well from here on in, the baby can develop normally. ...Read more
My friend's midwife told her at a ultrasound at 22w that the fetus' ventricles in it's brain are 'too big'. What does this mean? She has a follow up u
Can babies have xrays after they are born without damage? Why are they so protective ofthe fetus?
Not just the fetus: The amount of radiation in simple xrays is small & unlikely to cause any issue, yet we are very sensitive to the complex changes in fetal development. The first 4-12 wks of fetal development marks the most vulnerable period to injury & after that point we worry less. Xray exposure also adds up over time & the eggs nearby in your ovaries don't need any we can avoid. After birth, babies ready for life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very rare...: Harlequin ichthyosis is a severe genetic disorder that mainly affects the skin. Infants with this condition are born with very hard, thick skin covering most of their bodies. Harlequin ichthyosis is very rare; its exact incidence is unknown. Mutations in the abca12 gene cause this disease. The abca12 gene provides instructions for making a protein that is essential for normal skin development. ...Read more
Not a lot....: These studies are very difficult to do, especially on which drugs are transferred to the developing fetus. Animals models can tell you some information, but it is hard to interpret effects into people. ...Read more
I know toxoplasmosis is dangerous for fetus/pregnancy. But what happens to an infant if they are infected with toxoplasmosis?
How can you tell if your having a boy or a girl. By the way your carrying or it or by the way the other babies inter act with the fetus?
Neither.: It doesn't matter how you are carrying the baby, whether s/he kicks, whether a gold ring dangling from a chain goes back and forth or around in circles, or any other old wives tale. Each pregnancy you have exactly a 50:50 chance of getting one or the other gender. Sex can be determined by ultrasound or amniocentesis (some of the amniotic flood is take with a needle and tested). ...Read more
Is there any lifestyle choices I can do to make my fetus not turn out to be a fussy/irritable infant? He's very active at 27 weeks. Anything I can do to calm and ease him?
The only cause and effect evidenced by medical study that causes a fussy/irritable baby is the effect of drugs like cocaine, heroin and caffeine. Even a stressed out mom does not cause a stressed out baby since the physiological effects of maternal stress are transient.
The good news; active infants at 27 weeks gestation do not predict actual infant behaviou after birth. Good luck! Stay happy. ...Read more
What is a normal heart rate for a 34 week fetus? I am 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I am contracting every 4-5 min for about a minute to a min and a half long the babies heart rate goes up to 180 during a contraction
Usually: Usually it is between 120-160. Please notify your doctor about that rate of contractions as that is concerning. Please go to the hospital and have a complete evaluation immediately. Do not drive yourself. ...Read more