Increased Nuchal Thickness Beyond 20 Weeks

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Stacey - September 26

At 20w4d I had my regular scan done. It showed everything was measuring normally except the nuchal fold, which measured between 5 & 6. Once my doctor told me the results that day, I went ahead and got the QUAD test. Today at 21w5d, I had my appointment with the perinatologist. Everything measured great except the nuchal fold. This time the fold measured 8.5! But the baby is weighing 1 lb. 3 oz., and measuring at 22w4d. All measurements were excellent including the hand, bone length, etc.. Also my QUAD results were 1 in 14,000 risk. So the perinatologist doesn't think it's down syndrome. So she wants me to see a fetal cardiac specialist next week. She doesnt' think anything is wrong with the heart, but she just want's to rule it out. Anyway, today's u/s showed all of the very important things in good condition. I'm still very concerned about our baby. Has anyone experienced this after 20 weeks?

 

Stacey - October 12

I had the echocardiologist exam went well. She did not see anything abnormal. I go back for another level II scan at around 26 weeks, which is next week. The perintologist calls this an isolated incident. What does she mean by that?

 

sm - October 12

I am not an expert but from my previous pregnancies was told that the nuchal fold measurement was only to be done in a small window of time (11-13 weeks i think), after this it is irrelevant.

 

sm - October 12

I think when they say isolated incident it means they made a mistake and you have nothing to worry about

 

To sm - October 13

That's interesting that you say that it could be a mistake. Just out of curiosity, what makes you think that? I was sort of wondering (or hoping) if the tech mismeasured the fold.

 

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