Monday, August 02, 2004
Ultrascreen Results
Good news! Before my ultrascreen (ultrasound + blood test), my chances of having a baby with Down's Syndrome was 1 in 819. Our baby's nuchal translucency measurement was .11. Normally babies at risk for Trisomy 18 or Down's Syndrome (Trisomy 21) have a nuchal translucency measurement of over .25. Our baby isn't even close. Now, our chances of having a baby with Down's Syndrome have been reduced to 1 in 4211. Our chances of having a baby with Trisomy 18 was 1 in 1936, but is now less than 1 in 10,000. The baby measured 5.9 centimeters crown to rump (almost 2 1/2 inches!). We will have a blood test at 16 weeks to test for spinal bifida, and a second ultrasound at 18-20 weeks to have another look at the baby, where more can be seen.
--Karli

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