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Me again. DD's brain scan showed a "bright area", not sure what this means?

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minipie Thu 08-Nov-12 21:15:54

So, my feeding issues with DD (other thread) have now been superseded by a bigger worry.

She had a routine brain ultrasound yesterday (they give them to all premature babies) and today I was told it showed a bright area on one side. The doctor's English was not great but I think he said that this can indicate a bleed or a past bleed (??). He said they can sometimes go away and they will rescan in a week and then in 3-4 weeks ie at term. He also mentioned follow up monitoring over the next year or so, I think.

So now I am trying to find out how common this is, how often does it go away, does it mean brain damage, etc etc. It's very hard to find much information though.

Has anyone else experienced this, or have any information? Thank you

ClosedAuraOpenMind Thu 08-Nov-12 21:23:48

Hi there, my DD had an ultrasound when she was a few days old, which showed some bright spots (she was sick when born but not prem) the consultant in the picu told us 'it could be something or it could be nothing'
She had an MRI scan in her brain when she was about 3 weeks old and all was normal. I know it's hard, but try not to worry, all could be fine. Fingers crossed for you

EyeoftheStorm Thu 08-Nov-12 21:29:21

DS2 had severe bleeds on the brain. It was picked up and monitored and managed really well by his doctors. I think severe bleeds are quite uncommon although many premature babies have grade 1 or 2. These usually resolve without any problems.

I know this feels like another blow on top of all the others, but - and I couldn't get my head around it when it happened to us - there is nothing to be done except monitor it.

DS2's bleeds were grade 3 and he is 3 now and hitting all his milestones. But I well remember the worry and fear. I hope this is reassuring rather than frightening. DS2's doctors told us from the beginning that the bleeds were bad so the fact that they haven't said that is good.

minipie Thu 08-Nov-12 21:45:11

thank you both, that does give me some comfort. I have no idea what grade hers are but will ask. I think I need to speak to a different doctor as I find it very hard to get answers from the one I have spoken to.

Thanks for the sympathy too! much appreciated.

sannaville Sat 17-Nov-12 16:21:34

My dd has a white patch/bright spot on scan at birth they rescanned three months later (as they forgot to do it a week later!!!) And although it was still there they said was back within a normal range

thereonthestair Mon 19-Nov-12 17:01:36

baby ultrasounds are a very blunt instruments and so i reiterate try not to worry

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