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Nuchal-fold 6.9mm anyone else? So worried

(10 Posts)
mmgirish Sat 24-May-14 12:58:52


Just had our 20 week scan today. The Nuchal-fold measured as 6.9mm - a hard marker of Down syndrome. I had an amniocentesis but have to wait 3 weeks for results.

We are so upset. Did anyone else have this situation then have it turn out ok?


Teaandtoast1 Sat 24-May-14 13:02:53

Hi. Please try not to worry just yet. The amnio will tell you for sure, lots of women get a high NT. 3 weeks is a long wait for amnio results, are you sure it's 3 weeks? I ask because I was told in 24 hours. They said they can tell some things from the amnio fast and that the other things may take longer so you may get results in 2 parts x

mmgirish Sat 24-May-14 13:38:11

I'm in Thailand at the moment and they have to take the sample to bangkok for testing. They definitely said 3 weeks. Maybe I'll call on Monday to check that. There is a bloody military coup here at the moment too. I hope that doesn't affect it either.

ImBrian Sat 24-May-14 16:32:28

I thought they did the nuchual only between 11 and 14 weeks?

Sleepyhoglet Sat 24-May-14 16:38:08

It isn't a lot greater. At 12 week they expect it to be about 3mm and at 20weeks about 6mm. I think in the uk they only use the measurement from the 12 week scan.

Sleepyhoglet Sat 24-May-14 16:40:37

Also could you see a nasal bone- white line shows up?

Juno213 Sat 24-May-14 20:11:58

I don't know about the 20 week scan, but our sonographer said even at the 12 week, it should be under 3mm but he wouldn't be worried until it got to 10mm, so that's a big increase. Hopefully they are just being over cautious. It's hard but try not to worry.

myitchybeaver Sat 24-May-14 20:18:15

The nuchal fold is not a reliable indicator of an abnormality at 20 weeks. It is reliable between 11 and 14 weeks.
How strange that they should measure it and then do an amino? A quick Dr google even tells you that.
Also provision amino result should be available in 72 hours but 100% takes 3 weeks.
Good luck.

MadameJosephine Sat 24-May-14 20:26:31

6mm is the cut off for referral to fetal medicine at the 18-20 week anomaly scan in the UK but the vast majority of those turn out to be entirely normal so try not to panic. Although based in the UK, I'm sure that antenatal results and choices will be able to help you with some info if you email them, they are a fantastic group

mmgirish Sat 24-May-14 22:13:32

They could see a nasal bone. I've had lots of scans actually - I think 6 so far, but the fold wasn't measured until now. I wasn't aware that they were supposed to. According to the doctor the normal range at 20 weeks is up to 5.5mm at 20 weeks. It's really hard not to worry, it's 4am here and neither of us can sleep.

Our 2 year old son was born with a congenital heart disease and had complicated health issues until his open heart surgery at 5 months old. We were so focused on this baby being heart healthy that we hadn't considered anything else...

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