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Can hyperechoic focus in the fetal heart mean down syndrome?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

It is a non-specific term reflecting an area of the heart that might have increased minieralization, and so show up more on an echo.
Can be found in normal hearts at a rate of about 3%.

In brief: No

It is a non-specific term reflecting an area of the heart that might have increased minieralization, and so show up more on an echo.
Can be found in normal hearts at a rate of about 3%.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Not necessarily

An echogenic focus seen one a fetal sonogram is most often associated with a normal fetus.
It is usually evidence of the moderator band in the heart. It is found fairly often. By itself, this finding is not a problem. In down's syndrome , there are a number of findings on sono among these heart defects, bone and facial abnormalities. Echogenic focus can also be seen.

In brief: Not necessarily

An echogenic focus seen one a fetal sonogram is most often associated with a normal fetus.
It is usually evidence of the moderator band in the heart. It is found fairly often. By itself, this finding is not a problem. In down's syndrome , there are a number of findings on sono among these heart defects, bone and facial abnormalities. Echogenic focus can also be seen.
Dr. Barbara Toppin
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