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Old 10-28-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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Echogenic Bowel? Anyone BTDT with info or advice?

Our morphology scan came back with an echogenic bowel. This is my 3rd pg, and we had an echogenic bowel with my 1st pg, as well. However, in that case it was at a lab that didn't specialize in women/pgs and it was cleared at a better lab. This time the lab we went to IS the specialist one we will go back to in order to have the echogenic bowel graded/rated (I guess there are levels). My midwife sounded pretty sure it was there and won't just be a tech error like last time.

Any BTDT or info would be helpful. The next step is another scan, but what then? I'm trying to stay away from googling so I don't drive myself/DH crazy.

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Both of my babies showed echogenic bowel at my 18 week anatomy scan. Because of some additional abnormalities (which potentially aligned w/ a Trisomy condition), my OB referred me to the perinatal center for follow up. I was seen there at 20 weeks, where one of the babies' bowels was already lighter, but the other was still present. The other abnormalities had also started to clear. I declined an amnio at that point, but did follow up with my OB for the MaterniTY21 test that I was offered. The M21 test came back w/ no abnormalities & when I followed up w/ the perinatal center at 25 weeks, both bowels had cleared & the only abnormality remaining was a clubfoot on Baby B.

Both the OB & Perinatal practice was pretty upfront that, as I said, the bowel, when combined w/ other abnormalities, can be indicative of a genetic condition. It can just on its own also indicate a bowel obstruction. For me, they conjectured that it was blood from my SCH (@ 12 weeks) that the babies swallowed...but I'll never really know.

Really, do the follow up that's recommended. You can't affect the outcome, and Dr Google will likely terrify you (it threw me into a sobbing panic). You should be aware of the possibilities & what the doctors are concerned about, but borrowing trouble won't help.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:22 PM   #3
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Re: Echogenic Bowel? Anyone BTDT with info or advice?

Thanks for sharing, Carrie. Sorry you had to go through this, too.

I am staying away from google. I know there is nothing I can do but wait. I do find it helpful to get a picture of what the process will be from here forward and right now all I know is that we should get another scan, and MW suggested there wasn't a wait for this one (maybe upon confirmation they will make us wait & redo a couple weeks later?).
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My youngest showed EB. She's perfectly healthy. Most of the time it goes away. Try not to worry. IMO, technology has gotten too advanced and it picks up things it shouldnt. Most of the time baby just needs to develop more.

What helped was that dh said "if some things wrong with the baby, we are still gonna love it, so I'm ok with it". Plus he just had this calmness about it like he knew everything was ok and said so.
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My youngest showed EB. She's perfectly healthy. Most of the time it goes away. Try not to worry. IMO, technology has gotten too advanced and it picks up things it shouldnt. Most of the time baby just needs to develop more.

What helped was that dh said "if some things wrong with the baby, we are still gonna love it, so I'm ok with it". Plus he just had this calmness about it like he knew everything was ok and said so.
I agree with this. The genetic counselor lamented the trend toward early anatomy scans...just b/c we can see certain anatomical things at 14-17 weeks (and in some ways that's great), there are things that can be seen as "abnormalities" that are natural variances that do disappear w/ further development...if my scan had occurred at 22 wks it would have saved us a lot of stress, KWIM? And likewise, DP was just sure this was a fluke & nothing was seriously wrong...it appears that she was right.

OP, how far along are you?
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My youngest showed EB. She's perfectly healthy. Most of the time it goes away. Try not to worry. IMO, technology has gotten too advanced and it picks up things it shouldnt. Most of the time baby just needs to develop more.

What helped was that dh said "if some things wrong with the baby, we are still gonna love it, so I'm ok with it". Plus he just had this calmness about it like he knew everything was ok and said so.
Had one with my first child. Like you scared us silly, but nothing came of it.
I was on ASA during pg and hind sight says it was swallowed blood.
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OP, how far along are you?
I'm 20wks, the echonegic bowel was seen at 19wks+2 days. I did think it odd that the tech asked several times if I had bleeding during this pg; now it makes more sense.
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