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Old 10-02-2008, 05:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone,

I am new here and have a question.

I found out I was pregnant before going for lithotripsy for my kidney stone (a pregnancy test was necessary before starting the procedure).

I was totally shocked to learn I was pregnant as I had been in the emergency room 10 days prior and was given a pregnancy test that came out negative. During that stay in emerg, I was given an X-ray and CT scan of my kidneys (lower right quadrant to be exact) which did in fact find the large stone.

My LMP started on July 24th and I think I must have conceived on August 10th or so. I had the CT scan and Xray on the August 14th. The urine test on August 14th was negative, and I took another on August 23rd which was also negative. I had another urine test and a blood test on August 25th (before my lithotrispy) which were both positive.

My question is has anyone gone through something similar or who knows of someone who has? I am so worried that the radiation has affected my baby. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:22 PM
 
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It sounds like you got that CT scan very early in your pregnancy. Usually, radiation exposure that early in pregnancy has an 'all or nothing' effect -- i.e. it causes complete damage and loss of the pregnancy or it does nothing at all. Since I am assuming you are still pregnant, I don't think you have anything to worry about! Hope that helps...good luck!
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My OB told me the same last time, that early its "all or nothing". Still preg - not a problem

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I had a cat scan and a chest x-ray (scan was of my chest area too) during my first trimester before I knew I was pregnant. I was told that the amount of radiation the baby was exposed to was minimal and that there was nothing to worry about.

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I believe one CT scan is considered ok during pregnancy. CT scans are the equivilant to 100 xrays.

I work as a nurse in an ER and had to scan a woman who was 16 wks preg to r/o appy. We had to make sure ALL our ducks were in a row to be sure this CT scan was perfect.

If you've had one it shouldn't be a problem.
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