Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ultrasound Results

The reason the doctor called me yesterday, and I found out today, is because there was something that showed up on the ultrasound. Our baby has one Choroid Plexus Cyst (CPC). This is common in about 5% of ultrasounds and the cyst usually disappears in a few more weeks. The cyst itself does not cause any damage to the developing brain (located in the middle of the brain where cerebral spinal fluid is made) but it is a `soft marker' meaning it can indicate a chromosomal abnormality like Trisomy 21 or 18. I am not concerned about this (at this point!) because there were no other anomalies. He did just sent me for the Triple Marker Test so we will know in a couple more weeks what that indicates. That test is not diagnostic, it just indicates probabilities which is prob. not good for an anxious person like me:)

Everything else about the baby was looking good and it was measuring at 18weeks and 2 days last Friday. If that is the true age of the baby, then I think its a boy due to the date we conceived (too much info?!). However, ultrasound dates aren't that accurate if you ask me. Talking about the sex of the baby, we don't know!!!!!! The baby's gender is only released from the ultrasound clinic when the mother reaches 20 weeks, that means, it will not be released until Wed. and hopefully my doctor gets it Thursday because his office is not open on Friday. I'm okay with not knowing right now...

Well, time to rest up for my sisters wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner tonight. Let the fun times begin!


  1. Max had a CPC, 2 actually. It seems to me that these are really common in most pregnancies, and they just show up at this gestation. My midwife was really low-key when she told me about it so I didn't worry much. It's one of those things that they're required to tell you about, even though it's not likely to be a real problem. Too bad they cause so much stress for people. And the Triple Screen test too, hope it puts you at ease, not just more worry. The u/s clinic in Langley wouldn't release the gender to me until I was 20 wks, by THEIR calculation, not by my own/LMP. Hope you don't have to wait too long!

  2. That makes me feel better!

  3. Anonymous2:28 PM

    hi louise!

    olivia also had 2 CPCs in her 20 week ultrasound; we also heard that they are pretty common - anyway, she turned out ok! ;)glad to hear baby chapman is right on schedule....and i'll have to ask you about gender and conception dates sometime!

  4. I'm glad you're not feeling too stressed about the CPC! You could think about declining the triple screen, depending upon what the results and probabilities would mean to you...

    Have a fun weekend, congrats to your sis!

  5. I agree on declining the Triple Screen, as it doesn't tell you anything for sure. Just causes more undue stress! Next step after that is amniocentesis which is potentially more harmful to baby than the actual chances of baby having something wrong.