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Ok, so I got a call from my OB yesterday saying she was going over my ultrasound and found something wrong with the baby's heart, she said usually it resolves itself but I need to go to another doctor to have another ultrasound and see if anything further needs to be done. I don't remember what the name of the problem is because after she said something was wrong everything else just kind of went blurry. I am really worried now, even though she said it will probably be fine, as of right now there is something wrong with my baby' s heart and I'm freaking out, especially because I can't remember the name, does anyone have any idea what it could be, for some reason the two words echo and fissure pop into my head, she said those words at some point but not sure what in reference to. I have an appointment with her on Thursday and will find out about it again, but I'm going nuts waiting until then because I can't do any research on my own, so if anyone has any idea please let me know. Thanks.
 

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I would be calling her back and saying "Now that I have a clear head, I need to know what you said the condition is". Don't wait!! I'm sure all will be fine - especially if she said it usually resolves itself - but I'm a need to know kind of person and would NEED TO KNOW!!<br><br>
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Definitely call back and ask again and write it down!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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I"m hoping you've called by now and have gotten some peace of mind, although I suppose that may not come until you've heard the "all clear" - hang in there, mamma.
 

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Once you have the actual name -- is it echogenicity? -- then please come back. My younger boy has a major birth defect and so I've learned a lot about stuff that comes up on ultrasound and various issues. I hope that I can help and send you in some right directions.<br><br>
It is really great that she is being reassuring, though. Hold onto that. When they are worried, they don't hesitate to ruin your day by saying so!<br><br>
Hang in there, Fiona
 

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Was it echogenic foci? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> This can be okay, and yet your doctor would want to rule out its being a marker for some genetic conditions. Big hugs coming your way. I hope you have been able to get in touch with your doctor again with a pen and paper ready so you could write it all down.
 

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Thanks everyone, I haven't been able to call my OB back, every time I think about it I cry, and with a screaming toddler crawling all over me trying to get the phone it doesn't make it any easier.<br><br>
Katrinka~you are right and thank you, I knew once I heard the name again it would come back to me, echogenic foci is what my OB said she has.<br><br>
I am so scared but I am trying to look on the bright side that the majority turn out fine. I will find out more on Thursday at my check up and I will remember to bring paper and a pen so I don't forget anything, and hopefully I can get through to that other doctor's office to get my ultrasound appointment.
 

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I'm the same when it comes to getting blurry when listening to medical professionals speak. When I have prenatal or even regular dr appts that I need to be attentive to, I usually take my husband along because he can keep a clear head and grasp everything they are telling us. He also listens to everything, where as I just focus on the negative. It helps when he can give me an accurate recap at the end of the appt. Is there someone that can go with you on Thursday to offer their support and another ear?<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I hope you find out the name soon. Hang in there.
 

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I got my ultrasound appointment, Dec 10. They don't allow children in the room so because we have no family or friends here, my husband can go but he has to sit out in the waiting room with the children. So now I'm going to have to sit there all alone freaking out, how frustrating!! I just don't understand that whole no children thing, what if my husband couldn't go and I had no one to take my child, would they just not give me the ultrasound??? Maybe I'm a little testy right now and over reacting.
 

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Echogenic foci are a *soft marker* for down syndrome, maybe for other chromosome issues too that I don't know about. But if they didn't notice any other markers, didn't even notice the calcium deposits (that's what they are seeing) at first, then chances are very good that everything is typical, just a variation of normal. This is a good example of the kind of thing they are noticing more and more often with better and better ultrasounds. Hang on and hold on to the idea that probably everything is just fine! They are going to want to follow growth and keep an eye on the heart and take an extra careful look in another ultrasound to make sure they didn't miss anything. But there is not a structural problem with your baby's heart: you can breathe a big sigh of relief about that.<br><br>
I can really sympathize with the problem of nobody to take your kid and having to go to ultrasounds alone. This happens to us too. When I was pg with ds2 we had weekly ultrasounds for weeks, and I really needed dh there so we found a neighbour who took ds1 for 'playdates' with her son. But for this pregnancy, when we don't have a sob story, dh has not been able to come to even one. I do know someone who had to reschedule an ultrasound because she showed up with a child! They can be really strict about it.<br><br>
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Could you call your OB back and ask her to go over it with you again? I'm sure she'll understand.<br>
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I'm sorry. It's so nerve-wracking to hear that something may be wrong with your growing babe. I know from experience and if I can offer some advice, I'd say --stay calm. If they've told you it will probably resolve itself, it probably will. When I was pregnant with my dd, our 20 week u/s showed a problem with her kidney. They called it pyelectasis, a condition in which a kidney stays enlarged b/c it's either not expelling all of the waste or b/c some is being sucked back in. We were told that it usually resolves itself but that didn't necessarily calm my nerves. It was hard hearing that my baby may have something wrong. We had to go in for a few more u/s appts. and each time I'd pray the entire way there that it had, at last, resolved itself. It hadn't by the time I gave birth so they put her on preventative abx b/c sometimes bladder infections can be a problem. At one month of age, my dd had a u/s on her own abdomen which showed that the condition had, in fact, resolved itself. After the ordeal, my MIL (a nurse) told me that it is our technology that leads to more of these little scares. U/S is so sensitive and can pick up the tiniest anomaly which sends us into a tail-spin. In the past most of these things did resolve themselves w/o intervention--and often no one was aware.<br><br>
Sorry to hijack, I just wanted to let you know that you're not alone. It sucks. It's terrible to hear that things may not be quite right. I will pray for you both and wish for a very happy ending. I hope you get more info and answers soon. In the meantime, do try to relax. Go easy on yourself.<br><br>
Many hugs to you.
 

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I'm thinking about you and Francie! Lots of hugs and good thoughts coming your way!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">
 

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My 3rd had a echogenic foci on her heart. The Dr told me that without any other markers, it's not something they get excited about. They recommened a 3rd tri u/s to see if it resolved. My u/s was at 28w and the foci was indeed gone. My baby is healthy. From my understanding echogenic foci, also known as bright spots or calcium deposits, are a rather common occurrence these days. It's no wonder with the technology that is available today!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
Keep us posted. I'll be thinking of you and Francie!
 
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