Down syndrome risk: 1 in 1100+ births (better than avg stats for my age)
Trisomy 18 risk: none
Spina Bifida risk: none
Quad screen test: negative (this tests for Down syndrome among other things)
Glucose test: negative (total shocker! i know they’ll retest me though)
Coxsackievirus test: results still not in
The baby has ZERO markers that would indicate Trisomy 18 or Trisomy 21 other than the choroid plexus cyst. That being the case, the cyst is considered isolated. This is MOST EXCELLENT news!!
Our baby is going to be fine as far as we can tell. The only way to know for sure is to have an amniocentesis which I am 100% certain I will not do. I have a follow-up ultrasound plus an echo cardiogram for the little tyke in 4 weeks. The “echo” is to be certain that the heart is still functioning as it should and that there is no fluid around it. This is a precaution because of my exposure to the coxsackievirus. The heart looked and sounded just perfect today so there is no reason for alarm. Precaution has become a familiar word around here.
The perinatologist that I saw today said that he has seen these cysts as big as 14 centimeters and the baby who had that large of one was born healthy and normal. Our baby’s cyst is 4.7 centimeters — on the small side. These cysts are not cancerous and they do not cause brain damage (or any other damage). In fact, he said he hates that they are even called “cysts” because that sends the wrong message to the concerned parents.
Our baby’s nuchal fold is 3.11 centimeters. In a Down’s baby, it would be 6 centimeters or more. The head circumference and length of femur bone and arm bone are all in the normal range. In a Down’s baby, the head circ would be larger than normal and the other bones would be smaller than normal. In a Trisomy 18 baby, all kinds of things would be wrong: clenched fists with oddly positioned finger bones, club feet, cysts on stomach and head, organs in bad shape, heart in wrong place in chest, stomach underdeveloped, etc. All our baby’s features, bones, and organs are exactly where they should be and are functioning exactly as they should be.
Thank you every one of you who prayed for us. I’ll be sure to keep you posted in the future as the follow-up appointments are done.
Sweet, sweet relief.
Pray for those who won’t be as lucky as we are this day. Pray for the parents who get bad news. Pray for the ones whose precious son or daughter will die today. Don’t forget to pray for the ones who suffer as we celebrate our healthy child.
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