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Oliver'sMom 10-13-2012 04:04 PM

Abnormal utrasound findings
I had a growth scan at 32 weeks (small but normal) and my doctor discovered some "abnormal" findings. He said that DS's foot is turned (he can see the bottom of the foot and the leg at the same time). There is a good chance that DS has a club foot, but it could have been positional. He also had slightly bright intestines, but the doctor was totally unconcerned about that. Anyone else have an abnormal ultrasound with the possibility of club foot? Anyone with a child born with club foot?

keen1981 10-13-2012 04:15 PM

No, but we had the bright spot in the intestines, was nothing. We've had a lot of weird ultrasound stuff between two of pregnancies and so far, nothing came of them.

DesertRat 10-13-2012 04:33 PM

Re: Abnormal utrasound findings
DS had a right club foot that was diagnosed at my 20 week u/s. It's been completely corrected and you'd never know it now. It seemed like such a big deal at the beginning. He went through 7 weeks of casting, a few months of 24/7 braces and then almost 4 years of night time braces. A bit of a pain in the butt, but as far as birth defects go, a club foot is super easy to fix.

mommyinthesun 10-13-2012 05:20 PM

Ds was born with bilateral club foot (not previously discovered. What a shock at birth!) Like pp said, pain to deal with, but of all the birth defects to have , its not such a big deal.

twinpossible 10-13-2012 10:27 PM

Re: Abnormal utrasound findings
They told my cousin her son would have a club foot for the same reason you said, he was born completely normal. There can be misreadings in ultrasounds, they are not an exact science. I would try not to worry, worst case has a cure!

canadianbakers 10-14-2012 08:11 AM

Re: Abnormal utrasound findings
Club foot/feet can be treated/fixed rather easily these days - I mean, not easily but it's not really a "bad" find on u/s... if that makes sense.

If there were no other abnormalities found, especially if the Dr wasn't worried about the intestinal spot (I have heard of those being seen and being something, but also often being nothing), I wouldn't worry too much.

Are they doing a follow-up u/s to check things out?

Oliver'sMom 10-14-2012 08:20 AM

Re: Abnormal utrasound findings
For that u/s I went to a specialist and he said he didn't need to see me back. He said if I'm still pregnant in a month that my regular OB may want to get another growth scan.

DesertRat 10-14-2012 10:39 AM

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While I wouldn't worry too much about it in case the u/s was wrong, you may want to do a little research into clubfoot just in case it's right. Serial casting using the Ponseti method is the best way to treat club foot. They used to treat it with surgery, which isn't nearly as good because the scar tissue affects the function of the foot. And not all doctors who do serial casting do it well. So a little research would be worth it.

They say you should start casting as soon as possible while the feet are still very soft and moveable. DS got his first cast a 7 days old. I had called the Shriners hospital closest to us and informed them that my baby would be born with a clubfoot, so they had him on the list. And as soon as he was born and we had an "official" diagnosis, we did the rest of the paperwork. Some hospitals will have one day of the week designated for club feet. I think ours was Tuesdays, so we'd go down every Tuesday for another cast.

It was helpful for me to do some online research so I kind of knew what we were getting into. It makes me less nervous the more I know. I also made sure I took pictures the first few days before his casting started to remember his little crooked foot. When DS was 2 and 3 and starting to realize that not everyone wore orthopedic braces to bed, it was nice to go back and show him pictures and explain how his crooked foot got fixed so he could run and jump like all the other kids. And that wearing the braces would make sure his foot stayed really straight.

DesertRat 10-14-2012 10:42 AM

Re: Abnormal utrasound findings
Also, at 32 weeks I wonder if the chance that it's a misdiagnosis is higher because the baby is starting to be squished inside you and it can just looked crooked when it's not. At 20 weeks, they said there was no way it was a misdiagnosis. DS still had so much room. He legs were slightly bent in the u/s picture, but the one foot definitely did not look like the other.

weesej 10-14-2012 01:35 PM

Re: Abnormal utrasound findings
My 4th was born with a positional clubfoot that was simply from malpositioning. It corrected itself:) So it could be that simple!

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